Pakistan military kills 27 Taliban militants in north-west tribal belt


27 militants including few foreigners were killed in the restive north-west tribal belt, when Pakistan declared a major offensive war against Taliban. The unfortunate event that happened on this Sunday killed five Pakistani soldiers.

Reports suggests that there were five men, including four soldiers and one officer, were killed and at least eight other soldiers went missing in the clash between the militants and security forces in Datakhel area. Shells, including grenades and missiles, were also stormed from a checkpoint overnight in the remote border region of North Waziristan. Eleven men were wounded deadly and almost ten were missing.

Pakistan military troops launched an operation in June to push away the strong hold of Taliban out of North Waziristan. Insurgent groups used these bases as a stage to launch deadly attacks in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A curfew was also imposed in Datta Khel, where the attacks took place and the soldiers had a combat.

The Taliban have already captured Pakistani soldiers in the past. A few of which have escaped and some have been released. In 2012, a Islamist group cut off the heads of 17 Pakistani soldiers and uploaded their video on the Internet.

Pakistan military forces launched an operation to flush militants out of North Wazristan on June 15 and days after this operation took place, militants mounted an operation on Jinnah International Airport, Karachi. The airport is among biggest in Pakistan.

“In an across-the-board military operation against foreign and local terrorists hiding in North Waziristan, we have also made major recoveries of weapons, ammunition, explosives, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and their manufacturing facilities,” Commander Zarb-e-Azb Military Operation Major General Zafar Ullah Khan said.

He further added that the arm cache recovered from the militants could have enabled the terrorists to protract the conflict for another 15 years if only they had used five IEDs everyday in North Waziristan, Fata or elsewhere in the country.

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