MIRANSHAH: Two soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred during an operation against terrorists in North Waziristan tribal district, while seven terrorists were also killed in the action.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the security forces after receiving credible intelligence about the presence of terrorists conducted an operation in Zakirkhel area of North Waziristan. Seven terrorists were killed during the operation, while two soldiers also embraced martyrdom.

The martyred soldiers are identified as 23-year-old Momin Shah, who belonged to Dera Ismail Khan, and 31-year-old Muhammad Shah, who belonged to Abbottabad. Muhammad Shah has left behind a widow and three daughters.

The ISPR said the security forces launched a search operation in the whole area after the clash. However, there were no reports about any arrests.

The clash in North Waziristan happened three days after two intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in North Waziristan and Mohmand tribal districts in which seven terrorists were killed.

According to the military spokesman, the two operations were carried out on Monday night and Tuesday. Separate IBOs were conducted in North Waziristan and Mohmand tribal districts where at least seven terrorists were killed.

The spokesman said the security personnel raided Adalkhel village of North Waziristan and killed four terrorists who were trying to flee from the site. The security forces also confiscated arms and communication equipment during the raid.

During the operation in Mohmand, three terrorists were killed and Indian medicines, literature and other material were also recovered from their possession.

No details were shared about any casualty suffered by the security forces during these two operations.

The security forces often conduct intelligence-based operations after getting credible information about presence of militants to ward off any threat of future attacks. Militants were driven out from the tribal districts in military operations, but still terrorists sometimes attack the security forces from their leftover hideouts.

North Waziristan was considered a hotbed of militants until the Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb to drive out militants from there. Many terrorists were killed in the operation and many others fled to Afghanistan. The Pakistan Army has also significantly controlled the attacks of militants from across the border by erecting a fence on the border.