47 terrorists killed in surgical strikes

* 23 militant hideouts destroyed in NWA, Khyber Agency

ISLAMABAD: Security forces’ surgical strikes in two tribal agencies in the north-west killed 47 terrorists and destroyed 23 hideouts on Tuesday.The strikes were carried out in the North Waziristan and Khyber agencies. Meanwhile, two soldiers and a civilian lost their lives in a suicide attack in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA). Military sources said the hideouts of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants were targeted in the aerial strikes in NWA as part of Zarb-e-Azb operation, whereas the hideouts of Lashkar-e-Islam militants were separately targeted in Khyber Agency. Pakistan Air force (PAF) led both the surgical missions, the sources informed Daily Times on Tuesday. The terrorists’ death toll in the ongoing military action is said to have crossed 300. The development sees the gradual scaling up of the ongoing Zarb-e-Azb operation in the NWA following evacuation of the majority of civilian residents from the tribal agency and expanding the outreach of surgical strikes. More than 450,000 NWA residents, declared as internally displaced persons (IDPs), have relocated mainly to Bannu and other cities, including Dera Ismail Khan, Tank, Lakki Marwat, Kohat and Peshawar. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), 27 terrorists were killed in jet aircraft strikes in Mir Ali and surroundings areas Tuesday afternoon, while 11 terror hideouts were destroyed. A huge cache of arms and ammunition was also destroyed, the ISPR said. Separately, 20 terrorists were killed in early morning air strikes on Tuesday on terrorist’s hideouts in Khyber Agency in which 12 terrorist hideouts were destroyed, the military said. This is the second surgical mission in Khyber Agency in recent days.A vehicle-borne suicide attack attempt was foiled in Spinwam area of NWA on Tuesday afternoon. Military said a single cabin explosive-laden vehicle tried to approach a checkpost outside a civil hospital, but on-duty soldiers spotted and fired at the vehicle. “The vehicle exploded 100 metres short of the checkpost. Two soldiers and a civilian embraced shahadat when the roof of a nearby building collapsed due to explosion,” the military statement said.The fresh data on the IDPs from the ISPR suggests 454,207 IDPs (36,514 families) from NWA have been registered so far at Saidgai registration point. Six ration distribution points have been established for IDPs, of which three have been set up in Bannu, two in DI Khan and one in Tank. Distribution of 4,473 tonnes of ration for 40,000 families will commence from today (Wednesday). In addition, 32 relief goods collection points have been established by Army in all major cities of the country for collection of donations. 

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