PESHAWAR: The security forces killed a ‘high-value’ target during an intelligence-based operation in Tiarza area of South Waziristan tribal district on Friday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the suspect has been identified as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Nooristan alias Hasan Baba.

The military’s media wing said Nooristan alias Hasan Baba was the most sought and wanted terrorist. He was an IED (improvised explosive device) expert and master trainer (of militants). The ISPR said Hasan Baba had been involved in the killing of more than 50 security forces personnel since 2007. In 2008, he attacked a check post and shot dead three Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers.

The IBO came three days after the security forces killed a terrorist commander involved in killing of four female aid workers in North Waziristan.

According to ISPR, the security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan upon confirmation of presence of terrorists. During exchange of fire, terrorist commander Hassan alias Sajna of TTP Hafiz Gul Bahadur group was killed.

The military’s media wing said the terrorist commander was involved in killing of four female aid workers in Mir Ali on February 22. The killed terrorist was involved in terrorist activities against the security forces and civilians including IED attacks, kidnapping for ransom, target killings, extortion. He was also involved in recruiting terrorists for sabotage activities.

On February 22, four women aid workers were killed, while their driver was injured in a firing incident in Mir Ali in North Waziristan.

Armed men ambushed four women as they were travelling in a vehicle through a village. District Police Officer (DPO) Shafiullah Gandapur said one woman survived the assault. He said the aid workers were affiliated with a programme run by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Sabawon to develop household skills for women.

The sources said the incident happened around 9:30am when the women were coming from Bannu and adjoining areas to impart training of sewing and embroidery to women of a local village when unidentified armed men, who were hiding their faces, came on a motorcycle and opened fire on the NGO’s vehicle killing the workers on spot.

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