2 soldiers killed, 7 injured in Waziristan explosions
PESHAWAR: Two security personnel were killed and two were injured on Friday when a remote-controlled devise exploded in Ragzai, 30 kilometres west of Wana, Online said.
The army fired mortar bombs and artillery shells at suspected mountain hideouts of Al Qaeda-linked militants in Wana on Friday, but there were no details of casualties, Reuters quoted witnesses as saying. They said militants fired two rockets at a camp used by security forces early on Friday. But the missiles landed near the camp’s perimeter and caused no damage.
Troops retaliated with heavy artillery and mortar fire at nearby mountains, one resident said. Two civilians sustained minor injuries, he added. Military spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan said the militants had taken a soldier hostage, but he declined to provide further details.
Soldiers had also suffered “certain” casualties in the latest fighting, Gen Sultan said, adding “they are not in double digits”. Also on Friday, a man and his 4-year-old daughter were injured when a mortar round hit their home in Dhog village outside Wana. It was not clear who fired the round. Gen Sultan said troops recovered bodies of four foreign militants and also seized a large quantity of arms.
“They were all foreigners,” he said, without giving their nationalities. “Their bodies are with security forces” at a military post in the area, he added. Gen Sultan said troops seized an arms dump from a house owned by a local cleric who claimed it was a madrassa in the Makeen area, 60 kilometres north of Wana.
“It was a mini-fort, with cellars, bunkers and everything.” He said the building belonging to cleric Mauve Shafiq was wrongly called a madrassa.“We have seized hundreds of rockets and Kalashnikov assault rifles,” he said.
Staff report adds: Another five soldiers were injured on Friday in two landmine explosions in South Waziristan Agency.
A military vehicle hit a landmine in Chalghuzai in the Khanigurram area, injuring three soldiers. In another incident, a military vehicle carrying Frontier Corps men hit a landmine in the Sarwakai area on Dera Ismail Khan-Wana Road, injuring two paramilitaries. The injured soldiers were airlifted to the Wana Scouts camp by helicopter.