Seven militants killed, 11 injured in Kurram
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
PARACHINAR: Seven militants, including two foreigners, were killed and 11 others were injured in shelling by the Armyís gunship helicopters on three of their hideouts in central part of Kurram Agency on Monday, official sources.

The sources said security forces advance was supported by gunship copters and heavy artillery in Sultani, Toda Oba and Tarli areas of the agency. The sources said the three areas were cleared of militants as all their hideouts were dismantled.

Meanwhile, residents in central part of Kurram have started migration to safer places in Tall, Doaba in Hangu district as security forces action against the militants in the area has been intensified.


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SW elders assure Army of support

Parachinar: Amidst continued shelling of gunship helicopter and firing of artillery guns, at least seven more militants were killed and 11 others got injured in different areas of Kurram Agency on Monday.
Sources informed that security forces had cleared Sultani, Toda Aba, and Tarali areas during the last three days. The forces also pounded three important hideouts of militants, which resulted in killing of seven militants.
Meanwhile, the residents of the aforementioned areas have started shifting to safer places. Around 1200 families have left Massozai after the fighting. The displaced persons are facing hardships in the absence of the relief camps and lack of any arrangement for registration of the IDPs.
According to unofficial figures the number of IDPs from Orakzai Agency and Shahukhel region has surpassed 250,000 but their registration not yet started neither they were declared as internally displaced persons.


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Sunday, December 13, 2009

16 terrorists, 3 troops killed in Kurram offensive

* 13 Taliban killed in Khyber Agency, Lower Dir
* Forces capture underground cave in SWA, seize foreign-made weapons

PARACHINAR/LAHORE/ PESHAWAR/KHAR: Sixteen Taliban and three security personnel were killed during the military operation in Kurram Agency on Saturday.

The killed Taliban included a commander wanted by police in several incidents of sabotage and insurgency. The security forces launched a massive operation in Marghan, Dogar, Gawadar, Zangey and Terley area.

The forces are advancing into other areas and have destroyed four Taliban hideouts so far. They have also seized a large amount of ammunition and explosive material.

Meanwhile, at least 13 Taliban were killed and several others injured during the latest military action in various areas of Khyber Agency and Lower Dir. During the operation, eight security personnel were also injured, private TV channels reported.

Ten militants were killed while more than 150 suspects arrested in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency. Officials said the security forces retaliated when Taliban fired at them in the Shalobar area of Bara during the operation, jointly conducted by the army and the Frontier Corps.

In Maidan area of Lower Dir, Bonair Khan, a close aide of Sufi Muhammad, was killed with three other associates as they tried to escape from the army’s Red Fort. It has been reported that Bonair Khan had masterminded several suicide bombings, target killings and attacks on security forces and facilitated the Taliban in various attacks.

Cave: Separately, the security forces also captured an underground cave in South Waziristan Agency that was used as a depot by the Taliban for storing arms and heavy weapons, besides seizing a large cache of foreign-made weapons.

During a visit to the agency, Peshawar-based journalists were taken to the cave at Ziarsar area in Spin Kamar. They were told that the cave had been captured by the Pakistan Army during Operation Rah-e-Nijat.

Major Saleem of the army told the journalists that the security forces had also seized a 22-pound cannon that could strike long-range targets.

He said the seized foreign weapons included anti-aircraft guns, missiles, rocket launchers, mortar guns, hand grenades and land mines.

Also on Saturday, sources said that a patrolling party of the Levies Force escaped a remote-controlled bomb attack in Kotki area of Khar tehsil in Bajaur Agency. They said 19 suspects had been arrested in search operations in the agency.

The sources said a bomb went off during a routine patrol of the LF, while another remote-controlled blast occurred in the Nawagai bazaar.

Meanwhile, the security forces also arrested two suspects from Ghalanai tehsil of Mohmand Agency. According to the agency’s political administration, one of the suspects was arrested from Kashmir Kor by the forces while the second was arrested by the Ghalanai tehsildar. app/daily times monitor/staff report


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Fighting in Pakistan kills 7 militants, 2 troops


The Associated Press
Sunday, December 13, 2009; 3:50 AM

PARACHINAR, Pakistan — Pakistani soldiers battled militants in a tribal region close to the Afghan border Sunday, killing seven insurgents but losing two of their own in skirmishes in an area where al-Qaida and the Taliban have long sought sanctuary, officials said.

The fighting overnight in the Kurram tribal region comes amid an offensive by 30,000 Pakistani troops in nearby South Waziristan.

Troops moved into two areas in Kurram on Saturday and engaged in fierce battles that killed 15 Taliban militants and three soldiers, three officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Pakistan paramilitary soldiers stand beside weapons and ammunitions confiscated from militants during an operation in the Bara area, while displaying them for media in Bara, the main town of Pakistan's troubled tribal region Khyber along the Afghan border, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009. Pakistani security forces are battling Taliban fighters and other militants group in rugged northwest regions bordering with Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Qazi Tariq)

Seven militants and two troops died as fighting raged overnight, they said.

People began fleeing the area Sunday after security forces urged villagers to leave, the officials said.

The U.S. has long pushed Pakistan to retake spots along the border with Afghanistan that have become safe havens for militants. That pressure is likely to intensify now that 30,000 additional U.S. troops are heading to Afghanistan to take on a resurgent Afghan Taliban.

The army launched a ground offensive in South Waziristan in mid-October. The operation prompted a slew of retaliatory militant attacks nationwide that have killed more than 500 people.


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Pakistan Observer

31 more militants killed

Sunday, December 13, 2009, Zil`Hajj 25, 1430
Hangu/Bara—At least 31 militants including a top wanted militant commander were killed and huge cache of arms and ammunitions were recovered in security forces fresh offensive in Khyber and Kurram Agency on Saturday.

The operation was conducted in Dargar area of Kurram agency where 4 hideouts of suspected militants and their facilitation were also destroyed. At least 17 militants were killed in the offensive in the same area, sources said.

The security forces are using helicopters and artillery shells during operation against militants belong to banned Tehrrek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Islam. Locals said an important commander of banned organization and foreigners were among the dead.

Fresh troops of security forces are arrived in the area to launch major offensive against the militants in area of Central Kurram agency, sources added.

The forces are facing tough resistance, as militants were using rockets and mortars. During the operation, 3 Personnel of security forces also lost their lives while 8 other sustained serious injuries who have been shifted to hospital for medical treatment, sources said.

In Hangu, the security forces besides arresting 42 criminals including 4 militants have also killed 4 militants. The security forces repulsed attack on their vehicle in Pas Kalay area and retaliated with full force, killing 4 militants.

Arms and ammunitions were also recovered from arrested criminals and militants, said District Police Officer Hangu Abdul Rashid.

In Kurram Agency where operation is being continued to against militants after consecutive terrorists attack in Peshawar, the security forces have killed 10 militants in fresh offensive. The militants were killed in Shalobar area of Bara sub-division, Khyber agency.

The bodies of 14 militants who were killed in exchange of fire with security forces in Shalobar area of Bara Sub-division on Friday presented before the media in fort block.

Capt. Nazir Janjua, who is commanding operation in Bara Incharge Operation, briefed the media men on the occasion. He said the security forces killed 14 militants in retaliatory action on Friday and also arrested some 90 militants.

He also showed weapons, which were recovered, from the slain and arrested terrorists to media. When asked about identification of militants, he said, investigations are underway and we cannot say something about their identity.

Answering to a question, he without taking name of any specific country said that the foreign made weapons were recovered from the possession of militants.

While Chief Lashkar-e-Islam Mangal Bagh has been operation in Bara over the past more than two years, the TTP presence has also become more conspicuous in the area since the launch of operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan Agency by Pakistan army on October 17.—Online


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11 suspects held in Kurram Agency

Thursday, December 10, 2009
KURRAM AGENCY: Security forces claimed arresting as many as 11 suspected persons during search operation in Sadda area in Kurram Agency, Geo news reported on Thursday.

According to official sources, unidentified miscreants fired four rockets on FC camp set up in Sadda area but no loss of life was reported meanwhile, security forces bombed militants’ hideouts in retaliatory bombardment.

Following the attack, security forces launched search operation in parts of agency and as a result, as many as 11 suspected persons were arrested meanwhile, fresh security forces’ troops have been called in to intensify offensive against insurgents, sources said.


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Suicide bombing declared un-Islamic
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

PARACHINAR: Khateeb of Jamia Mosque Allama Muhammad Nawaz Irfani on Monday declared suicide bombing against innocent people an un-Islamic and inhuman act and asked the government to take steps for controlling such attacks.

He said innocent people, including children, women and elderly persons, were being targeted in suicide attacks, which were against the teachings of the religion. “Suicide attacks and killing of innocent people are forbidden in Islam,” he told a press conference.

A number of tribal elders were also present on the occasion. The Khateeb praised the services and sacrifices of security forces for restoring peace to Kurram Agency. He asked the government to open the roads and announce a special package for the affected people of the area.


Friday, December 04, 2009

Disabled seek govt support for treatment

PARACHINAR: A large number of children have become disabled due to non-availability of polio vaccine here and many members of tribal Lashkars have been mutilated due to clashes with extremists. Talking to newsmen here on Thursday, tribal elders Malik Muhammad Ali Shah, Malik Syed Azmat Ali and Councellor Hussain Ghulam said scores of people had lost their body parts in the Afghan war, landmines and fight with the extremists. They asked the government to take measures for the disabled people in order to make them a useful part of the society and help them earn their livelihood. They said majority of these people belonged to the poor families, who could not afford the expenses of treatment and needed the support of the government.


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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Terrorists being targeted in Orakzai, Kurram: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: The military is targeting terrorists in Orakzai and Kurram agencies and has destroyed several training centres in the areas, the Inter-Services Public Relations said on Tuesday.
Speaking on Radio Pakistan, ISPR Director General Major General Athar Abbas said the military was moving according to its plans and terrorists had reportedly fled to Orakzai and Kurram, where their hideouts were being targeted.

He said around 600 terrorists had been killed and 22 arrested so far in the Operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan, adding that about 70 army officers and jawans had also been martyred during the operation.

Maj Gen Abbas said the Pakistan Army would remain in South Waziristan until the complete restoration of peace and elimination of terrorists from the area. “Operation Rah-e-Nijat is going on successfully and terrorists are fleeing from their strongholds,” he added.

He said the military had destroyed all training centres of Baitullah Mehsud’s network in South Waziristan, while surrounding areas were also being cleared. “Action against the terrorists is continuing in nearby areas of Peshawar as well to make the city safer,” he said.

He said security had been tightened on all roads leading to Peshawar and other major cities to control the movement of terrorists. Abbas said the military and the people were sacrificing for a national cause and would prevail over the terrorists.

To a question, he said the Mehsud tribe was cooperating with security forces and hoped that the Mehsud people would soon return to their homes. app


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Army says operation to be extended to Kurram
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Nasrullah Afridi

BARA: The ongoing operation in Khyber and Orakzai tribal regions will be extended to neighbouring Kurram Agency to crush militants and miscreants.

Briefing reporters about the operation ‘Khwakh Ba De Sham’ (I will fix you) at Fort Salop camp on Monday, Sector Commander Brigadier Fayyaz Mehmood said that 61 militants had been killed and 87 arrested while 27 vehicles owned by insurgents were destroyed during the ongoing operation in Bara tehsil of Khyber tribal region so far.

“We have broken the back of militants and made Peshawar and other parts of the country safe and secure because of the decisive operation in Bara subdivision in Khyber and Ferozkhel area of Orakzai Agency,” Brigadier Fayyaz said, adding that militants were on the run as they could not face the security forces.

He said the security forces had secured the strongholds of militants in Chappari Ferozkhel in Orakzai and Gurguri area in Khyber Agency. The officer added that the Khyber Agency-based banned outfit Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) chief Mangal Bagh was hiding in the mountains of tribal regions but he would not be spared.

He said the operation would continue till complete elimination of militants from the region. Meanwhile, the security forces arrested 67 suspected persons during search operation in Sipah area in Bara tehsil on Sunday.

The sources said that the security forces carried search operation in Sipah area on the second day of Eidul Azha and arrested 67 suspected persons. Hazrat Khan of banned LI, chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Khyber Agency chapter Shah Faisal Afridi and president of Khidmat-e-Khalq Committee Ikhtiar Badshah Afridi were among the arrested persons.

The security forces also seized an abandoned vehicle that was packed with explosives in Kamarkhel area in Bara tehsil. The security forces later torched the vehicle which exploded with a huge blast.


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