10 militants killed in Bara
30 October, 2012
PESHAWAR: Security forces on Monday pounded suspected hideouts of militants in Bara town of the Khyber tribal region killing as many as 10 Taliban and injuring six others, security sources said. Gunship helicopters also took part in what appeared to be one of the heaviest bombardments of suspected hideouts of Taliban, sources added.
Khyber, bordering Peshawar, houses some local militias and Taliban and al Qaeda militants using the inaccessible Tirah Valley to mount attacks inside Afghanistan and keep Peshawar under pressure. The assault followed a clash in the Akakhel area of Bara leaving a soldier dead and three others injured, sources added. Unconfirmed reports said security forces also used long-range artillery to pound the hideouts and posh Hayatabad residential area resounded with the artillery fire.
Armed militants had ambushed a security forces convoy leading to the clash between the militants and security forces. Following the clash, security forces assisted by gunship helicopters targeted militant hideouts in the Akakhel area, killing 10 militants and injuring six others, the official sources said.
Four militant bases were destroyed in the attacks and ground forces arrested 15 suspected militants in operation, sources also said. A soldier was reportedly killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Bara's Shalobar area during a search operation, political administration officials said.