World Bulletin / News Desk
Amid efforts to restore a suspended peace process, Pakistan army gunships targeted suspected militant hideouts in northwestern Hangu district on Saturday killing nine "militants,” an official says.
“The operation was launched in the early hours of Saturday at short intervals on concrete information about the presence of terrorists in different parts of Tal town (a Hagu district),” a senior military official told the Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media.
As a result, nine “terrorists” have been killed, he said.
“Gunships pounded the (militant) parts of suburban Torawari, and Darsamand, destroying various ("terrorist") hideouts and a huge cache of ammunitions,” the official added.
Hangu, located some 260 kilometers (161 miles) south of Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) province, borders troubled Orakzai Agency, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal areas of Pakistan.
Earlier this week, army jets pounded hideouts suspected to be housing Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) - the mother organization of different Taliban branches in Pakistan - killing 35 “militants”.
Peace talks that began January 29 collapsed last week following two deadly attacks on security forces.
The TTP claimed responsibility for both incidents, terming them "revenge for deaths of its members in custody", and for “fake encounters” with security forces.Last Mod: 22 Şubat 2014, 11:33