Pakistan Security forces kill 7 terrorists

Pakistan Security Forces during operation - Photo by ISPR

Pakistan Security Forces during operation (Photo: ISPR)

By Nasir Aijaz
The AsiaN Representative

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Security forces killed seven terrorists during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s Tank district, the military’s wing said on Wednesday Nov 15, 2023.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), in a statement, said that on the night between November 14 and15, the security forces conducted the IBO in the Kiri Machan Khel area of the district on the reported presence of terrorists.

“During conduct of the operation, intense fire exchange took place between the troops and terrorists, as a result of which seven terrorists were sent to hell,” it added.

The terrorists’ hideouts were also busted during the operation, the ISPR said, adding that the weapons and ammunition were also recovered from the slain terrorists.

According to the ISPR, the militants remained actively involved in numerous terrorist activities including recent target killings of police in Tank and surrounding areas.

The statement said operation is being carried out to eliminate any other terrorists found in the area.

“Locals of the area appreciated the operation and extended their full support to the security forces in elimination of menace of terrorism,” the statement added.

A day earlier, one soldier and two civilians were martyred after terrorists opened fire in the general area of Darazinda, Dera Ismail Khan.

According to the ISPR, the militants fired upon vehicles of a private company working on a development project in the area.

“Resultantly, two innocent civilian employees of the company, Muhammad Faisal, 35 and Asif Kamran, 29 who were residents of district Karak embraced martyrdom,” said the statement.

Pakistan has faced a surge in terrorism in recent months, with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant outfits intensifying their actions against security forces.

In response, the state has also launched operations to curb terrorism.

Meanwhile, Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), in a report released in October noted that the security forces lost at least 386 personnel in the first nine months of 2023, marking an eight-year high.

In the third quarter of 2023, some 445 people lost their lives and 440 suffered injuries from as many as 190 terror attacks and counter-terror operations.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces, bordering Afghanistan, were the primary centers of violence, accounting for nearly 94% of all fatalities and 89% of attacks including incidents of terrorism and security forces operations were recorded during this period.

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