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35 terrorists killed in Khyber, Kurram

10 June, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The security forces have killed 35 terrorists and injured 15 during operations in Khyber Agency's Tirah Valley and Kurram Agency.

According to the ISPR, one soldier was killed and five others sustained injuries in the encounters during the last two days.

After the clearance of Muhammadi Top in Kurram and Haider Kandao in Tirah Valley, the security forces made significant gains on the nights of the sixth, seventh, and eighth of this months, and cleared main areas of Maidan.

The forces took full control of heights on the central Derastani Ridge that overlooks the entire Maidan and Kukikhel Valley.

Meanwhile, three soldiers were killed and four wounded in bomb attacks on military convoys in North Waziristan on Sunday, officials said.

"A military convoy comprising 35 vehicles was on its way to the northwestern town of Bannu from Razmak when an improvised explosive device planted along the roadside went off, killing three soldiers," a local intelligence official said.

The official, who requested anonymity, said two soldiers were wounded in the explosion 70 kilometres south of Miranshah, the main town in the region. Another two soldiers were wounded in a second bomb attack on a military convoy 20 kilometres east of Miranshah.

According to official sources, militants targeted the convoy with an IED and two rockets. A local tribal police official, Ali Muhammad, confirmed the two attacks and casualties.

Meanwhile, a curfew was imposed in North Waziristan and Bannu-Miranshah Road for an indefinite time period following the attacks. North Waziristan is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions and has been the scene of frequent drone strikes by the United States. The deputy commander of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Waliur Rehman, was killed along with at least five others in a drone strike on a house in North Waziristan on May 29.

Pakistani troops have been fighting for years against homegrown insurgents in the northwestern tribal belt, but the United States has accused them of not doing enough to crack down on Taliban and other militants who cross the border to fight in Afghanistan.

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