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BANNU: Three militants, reportedly belonging to Daish, were killed when an explosive device went off in Khar Tangi area of North Waziristan on Monday.

According to official sources, the planted explosive device went off with a bang and as a result, three militants, including a local commander and his two associates were killed. However, it is not yet confirmed who planted the explosive material.

The officials revealed that those died in the blast include a local Commander, Khwazay Chamtu and his two associates, Khanjari and Larram.

According to one source, there were differences between the militant groups due to which one of the group planted the explosives to kill the local commander. However, it is yet to be confirmed from independent sources.

Khwazay Chamtu, was the member of Hafiz Gul Bahadur militant Group, however; after the operation Zarb-e-Azab launched by Pakistan army in Waziristan, he shifted his loyalties to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) also known as Daish.

North Waziristan tribal region that was once considered a bastion of Tehrik-e-Taliban has now been cleared by Pakistan military. The officials believe that now the militants are infiltrating from across the Afghanistan border.

In September, nine militants were killed in a firefight in the mountains of North Waziristan. The Pakistani Army’s media wing in a statement issued on September 22 said that the militants were gunned downed in “intense exchange of fire” after they raided militant hideouts near the Gharlamai and Spera Kunar Algad areas. The statement had added that the area is now cleared by the Pakistan army.

On November 23, the security forces had killed a militant in Dattakhel tehsil in North Waziristan tribal district, official sources said. The forces also seized a Kalashnikov and three magazines.


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