ISLAMABAD: Gradually intensifying ground action against terrorists in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), the security forces on Monday killed at least 25 militants whereas two soldiers lost their lives in the exchange of fire.
With majority of civilian residents of NWA relocated to the alternate areas, the operation is being gradually intensified, military sources told Daily Times. “It is getting easy for us to hunt down the trouble makers and secure (destroy) their dens because several areas in North Waziristan now have zero civilian population,” officials claimed.
An Zarb-e-Azb operation update by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday said eight terrorist hideouts around Mir Ali were destroyed by jet aircraft early Monday morning. As many as 15 terrorists were killed in the air strikes, it said. “Tunnels were spotted in the targeted areas.”
Terrorists inside the cordoned area, the ISPR said, are making desperate attempts to flee. Several such attempts have been foiled, military said. On Monday, it said, 10 terrorists were killed while fleeing from the cordoned off area in Spinwam and Mir Ali. “Two soldiers embraced martyrdom in the exchange of fire.”
Aerial surveillance, vigorous patrolling and cordon around the area housing terrorists continue, the military said. Curfew was relaxed from 6 am to 4 pm on Monday in NWA to facilitate evacuation of left-over locals, it said, adding that 4,14,429 IDPs have been registered so far at Saidgai check-post. “It is believed that remaining people will leave the area on Monday.”
For management of IDPs, the Army Engineers Division has been tasked to assist the civil administration in Bannu and DI Khan, the ISPR said. Troops of the Engineers Division have already reached Bannu. Four relief goods delivery points have been established in Bannu, where food items, medical care and cash amount will be distributed by the civil agency concerned among the IDPs of NWA. A field medical hospital by Army Medical Corps is being established in Bannu to provide medical relief, ISPR said. The army has also set up donation camps in Karachi and Lahore for the NWA IDPs.
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