Islamabad: Pakistan army official conveys that at least four jawans, counting an army major and three other killed in a shootout with militants in Pakistan’s tribal region bordering Afghanistan early on Wednesday.
Officials further conveyed that one terrorist blew himself up and other was shot in raid on a home in the Dir tribal region.
The killed officials involve an intelligence officer and one terrorist captured in the raid. The raid foiled a possible main terrorist assault.
The troop fatalities came weeks following the army introduced an operation next to terrorist in another Khyber tribal region in the northwest to avert insurgents from carrying out cross-border assaults in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.
The district of Dir, bordering the eastern Kunar of Afghanistan, was once the stronghold of Taliban militant clusters. The area was vacant following a military operation in 2009 and hundreds of militants ran away to the border areas of Afghanistan.
Pakistani officials asserted that those who fled from the Pakistani tribals areas hideouts in Kunar, Noristan and Nangarhar provinces, from where they execute assaults in Pakistan.