MIRANSHAH: Five terrorists were killed in an intelligence-based operation in Dattakhel tehsil of North Waziristan tribal district on Thursday, while two security personnel also embraced martyrdom in the operation.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), an IBO was carried out in Dattakhel over information about presence of terrorists in a house. The terrorists opened fire on the security forces when they approached near the house. Two soldiers, identified as Sepoy Muhammad Shamim and Sepoy Asad Khan, died in firing by terrorists.

Martyred soldiers Muhammad Shamim and Asad Khan.

The security forces killed five terrorist in the retaliatory firing.

Militants were driven out of most of the areas of North Waziristan in operation Zarb-e-Azb, but they still have presence in some pockets and launch attacks on the security forces from time to time. The security forces also conduct intelligence-based operations in the area.

On December 25, 2019, a soldier lost his life and three others went missing when unknown miscreants attacked the security forces in North Waziristan. Unknown armed men opened fire on a patrolling party of in Madaini area of Tehsil Shewa due to which Lance Naik Amjid was injured and his three colleagues went missing. The soldier later on succumbed to his injuries. In another incident in North Waziristan the same day, a roadside planted bomb exploded near a security forces vehicle, but it didn’t cause any casualty.

On December 04, 2019, a security personnel was martyred, while three others were injured in a clash with terrorists in Charkhel area of tehsil Boya. Four terrorists were also killed during the operation, while five others were arrested.

On December 02, 2019, a soldier embraced martyrdom while two others were injured in terrorist attack on a check posts along the Pak-Afghan border in North Waziristan.

Torkham border briefly closed after mortar attack

A mortar shell fired from Afghan side landed near a security check post on Pakistan side after which the Pakistani authorities briefly closed Torkham border.

Security sources said the mortar shell landed into a nullah near Iqbal FC check post and did not cause any casualty. The Foreign Office confirmed that no loss happened in the incident, however the Pakistani authorities have raised the issue with Afghan authorities.

The border was reopened after brief closure.