PESHAWAR: An active Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorist Ashrafullah alias Toofani was killed in an operation by the security forces in North Waziristan tribal district on Saturday.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), a sanitisation operation conducted in Boya area of North Waziristan after reports were received about presence of terrorists.

During intense exchange of fire, terrorist Ashrafullah alias Toofani, resident of Boya, was killed. The ISPR said the killed terrorist remained involved in target killing, terrorist activities against security forces, extortion and planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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

On March 06, eight terrorists were killed in clashes with the security forces in North Waziristan.

The military’s media wing said the security forces carried out two operations in Boya and Dosali areas of North Waziristan over the information of presence of terrorists. During the operations, eight terrorists, including a commander, were killed.

The ISPR said the slain terrorists were involved in remote control bomb blasts, firing, target killing, kidnapping for ransom and extortion. It said these terrorists were also involved in recruiting the local youth in militant organisations. A huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered during the operations.

Among the three slain terrorist commanders, Abdul Aneer alias Adil was associated with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Toofan group, commander Junaid belonged to TTP Tariq group and Khaliq Deen alias Rehan was associated with TTP Sadiq Noor group.

On March 05, three persons, including two militants, were killed, while one security personnel sustained injuries in firing incidents in North Waziristan.

Sources said a security personnel was injured when militants opened fire on the security forces during a search operation in Manzarkhel area of Dattakhel tehsil. The injured security personnel was identified as Wasim Ashraf. The security forces retaliated and killed two militants.

On February 25, the security forces killed a ‘high-value’ target during an intelligence-based operation in Tiarza area of South Waziristan.

According to ISPR, the suspect was identified as TTP commander Nooristan alias Hasan Baba.

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