PESHAWAR: Five security personnel were martyred as terrorists targeted their vehicle in Spinwam area of North Waziristan tribal district on Saturday.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the martyred soldiers include four Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and one Levies sub-inspector. A clearance operation was launched in the area after the incident to eliminate any terrorist found in the area.

The martyred security personnel include Havaldar Zahid, 35, resident of Charsadda, Lance Naik Wali, 28, resident of Khyber, Lance Naik Abdul Majeed, 28, resident of Kurram, Sub Inspector Javed, 38, resident of Spinwam.

The terrorist attack in North Waziristan came a day after the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) announced to stop attacks in South Waziristan for 20 days after announcement of Prime Minister Imran Khan of holding talks with militant factions who are willing to hold talks.

On September 29, a captain of the Pakistan Army was martyred, while two security personnel were injured in a clash with terrorists in Dabara area of Tank district.

Sources said Captain Sikandar was martyred in the clash, while the injured soldiers were identified as Lance Naik Anwar and Salman. The sources said a commander of the TTP Khawaza alias Sherullah was also killed in the clash. The body of the slain terrorist commander was shifted to a local hospital.

On September 28, 10 terrorists, including four commanders, were killed by the security forces during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in South Waziristan tribal district.

According to ISPR, the operation was conducted on a reported presence of a concentration of terrorists. The security forces cordoned off the hideout and recovered weapons and a large stash of ammunition.

On September 25, an IBO was conducted in Dosali area of North Waziristan in which one terrorist was killed.

ISPR said that the security forces received information about the terrorist hideout after which a successful raid was conducted. During an exchange of fire, the terrorist was shot dead. A huge cache of explosives and weapons was seized from his possession.

On September 20, a commander of the TTP was killed in an IBO in Mir Ali tehsil in North Waziristan.

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