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Eleven foreign terrorist killed in exchange of fire in Kurram Agency

20 February, 2017

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PESHAWAR: Eleven foreign terrorist were killed, including two commanders, during exchange of fire in Kurram Agency on Sunday, officials said.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the Pakistan Air Force fighter jets pounded terrorists who were regrouping in Wucha Bibi area, an Afghan bordering strip in North Waziristan Agency.

The incident occurred in Sapperkot and Para Chamkani area of Kurram Agency. Two Kurram militia soldiers were also wounded in the gunbattle between the law enforcers and the terrorists. The terrorists were trying to enter Kurram Agency via Khyber Agency from Afghanistan when they were intercepted by the security forces and heavy exchange of fire took place.

Security forces said that bodies of the terrorists would be handed over to the political authorities.

Meanwhile, Hangu district police arrested 20 suspect people, including two proclaimed offenders and same number of facilitators. Meanwhile, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed to have killed five terrorists in a shootout in Leyyah district of Punjab.

According to officials, eight terrorists belonging to banned organisations were present in the area of Dera Sami Patti, in Tehsil Chubara, Leyyah.

The CTD raided the hideout to arrest the terrorists. The team warned the terrorists to surrender but they opened fire on the CTD team and blew up explosives.

When firing stopped, five terrorists were found dead by the firing of their own accomplices, police sources said.

Another three terrorists managed to flee. Bodies were shifted to the DHQ Leyyah. Separately, security forces killed a militant in an encounter and seized arms during a search operation at Darakhshan near Eastern Bypass area of Quetta.

According to a spokesman of security forces, following a tip off, security forces carried out a search operation in the area while suspect opened fire on them.

The suspect was killed in retaliation by security forces. Arms were also recovered from his hideout.

Further, investigation was underway. Separately, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in an operation arrested an alleged terrorist belonging to a defunct organisation and recovered 2 kg of explosive material.

The CTD sources said that the team of CTD arrested Muhammad Jafar from a house near Sufi Mor on Jhang-Chiniot Road.

Meanwhile, police arrested 21 suspects during house-to-house search operation, launched in Muzaffargarh.

Accompanying law enforcers, the police team encircled various areas of the district early morning and blocked traffic on road passing through the area. Police combed the areas and made biometric verifications of 1,200 people with the arrest of 21 suspects.

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