Airstrikes take out 5 Militants and Hideouts in Tirah Valley
PESHAWAR: At least five terrorists were killed on Saturday as security forces launched aerial strikes in different parts of Tirah valley in Khyber tribal agency.
According to sources, the airstrikes also injured three other militants.
Security sources said that three terrorist hideouts were also destroyed in the aerial bombardment in the restive northwestern tribal region hit by militancy.
Tirah Valley lies astride the Pak-Afghan border between the famous Tora Bora mountains and the plains of Bara which connects with the provincial capital, thus giving it a unique strategic position.
Pakistani security forces have carried out ground offensives in Khyber Agency, particularly the Tirah Valley of Bara which borders Nazyan.
The forces cleared much of the Bara plain in Operation Khyber One launched in October 2014 while in a follow-on operation named Khyber-2 cleared the fierce Tirah terrain consisting of deep valleys and high mountains.
Military operations Zarb-e-Azb and the National Action Plan were launched against insurgents following attacks on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport and Peshawar's Army Public School in 2014.
Since the beginning of Zarb-e-Azb, militants have fled to other tribal regions, including Khyber and its Tirah Valley and Shawal, all of which border Afghanistan.
The number of attacks in Pakistan has fallen around 70 per cent this year, due to a combination of a military offensive against Taliban bases along the Afghan border and government initiatives to tackle militancy.
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