Militant Strike Leaves 11 Dead in Pakistan


Islamabad: As Pakistan Army goes all out against the militants in restive tribal area of Waziristan, militant raids on Army check posts killed 11 people including five soldiers and six Taliban militants.

Pakistan began a ground offensive in the deeply forested ravines of the valley, a historical smuggling route which straddles the border between North and South Waziristan, on Friday.

A group of militants attacked a checkpoint in the Pir Ghar area on Tuesday, adjacent to Shawal, killing at least three security personnel, security officials in the area told Reuters.

“Militants attacked with heavy weapons, including [Rocket Propelled Grenades] and machine guns. Forces replied to the attack [and] we are checking for the militants’ casualties,” a security official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Hours earlier, two security forces personnel, including a lieutenant colonel, were killed in an exchange of fire with militants in the Shawal valley, Pakistan’s military said in a statement.

At least six militants were also killed in that exchange, the military said.

Both attacks were claimed by a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, who the army has been battling in North Waziristan since it launched a full-scale military operation in the area in June last year.