43 Taliban killed in drone strike, army operation
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HANGU/MIRANSHAH: Security forces and drone strikes killed around 43 Taliban in various areas of the FATA on Sunday.
At least 33 Taliban were killed and four injured during clashes with security forces and jet air strikes in Orakzai Agency, official sources said on Sunday.
The sources told Daily Times that the forces killed 10 Taliban when they resisted troops’ advancement in Mazoti village in Upper Orakzai.
Fighter jets also targeted Taliban hideouts in Kasha, Teerangra, Badeewani Khawan, Shna Gandi, Khose Maila and Khawri areas, killing at least 13 Taliban.
Another 10 Taliban were killed during clashes with security forces at Daboori area in Upper Orakzai. The forces claimed to have secured Daboori.
Meanwhile in Swat, two Taliban commanders were killed during a clash with forces on Sunday.
The sources said the clash took place at Dewalia area of Kabal tehsil.
The slain commanders were identified as Abdul Kabir and Akbar Khan, residents of Dewalia.
Separately, at least 10 Taliban were killed when a US drone fired two missiles into a compound in North Waziristan.
The strike targeted a house in Inzar kas village, 60 kilometres west of Miranshah, injuring four others.
"The missiles struck a militant compound in the village," a senior security official in the area told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"The compound became suspicious as it was being used by foreigners," he said. "It was, however, not immediately known if any high-value target was present in the area at the time of attack."
Four spy aircraft were hovering over the area until the filing of this report.