ISLAMABAD: The evacuation of civilians from the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has completed, the military announced on Saturday, in a development that gives credence to the reports that a powerful ground assault would soon be launched in the tribal agency.
“To make sure that there are no innocent civilians left in the area, announcements are being made for any stranded tribals who may have stayed back for any reasons, to leave also,” the ISPR said. Jets and artillery bombarded militant hideouts, killing 18 insurgents early Saturday morning. The PAF jets destroyed six confirmed terrorist hideouts killing 11 terrorists,” the military said in a statement. “Terrorist concentrations were targeted early Saturday morning by integrated fire of artillery, tanks and heavy weapons outside Miranshah killing seven terrorists,” it added.
The statement said a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander was killed while a ‘prominent’ Qaeda commander was arrested while trying to flee.
TTP commander of Miranshah, Commander Umer was killed by security forces on the outskirts of Miranshah. Initial interrogation shows that the arrested Qaeda commander is an explosive, IED, suicide belt expert. There are reports that after the surrender of 19 terrorists, more terrorists may lay own arms, the ISPR said.
Theree terrorists were arrested by security forces while they were trying to cross Indus River near Mianwali. All crossing places along the river are currently manned to seal any escape for the terrorists. “Effective cordon around terrorist hideouts is in place around all places in North Waziristan.”
On IDPs, the ISPR said that supply and distribution of rations is gradually improving. “More than 21,543 packets of 110 kilogram of rations in each have been distributed among IDPs at six relief delivery points established by army in collaboration with civil administration at Bannu, DI Khan and Tank,” it said.
After initial cash disbursement manually, the process of disbursement through mobile SIMs has been launched for which SIMs are being distributed to families as well.
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