5 rebels dead in Khyber airstrikes
KABUL (Pajhwok): In fresh development, helicopter gunships conducted air strikes in parts of Tirah valley in Khyber tribal region, leaving five suspected militants dead and destroyed their hideouts, media reports on Sunday.
Separately, two soldiers lost their lives in a bomb explosion in South Waziristan, Pakistan’s Dawn.com reported. Although the military did not say anything about casualties, intelligence officials claimed five suspects affiliated with the banned Lashkar-i-Islam were killed.
The attacks were part of the ongoing Khyber-II operation aimed at flushing out militants. The official said helicopters attacked LI positions in Nangrosa, Spin Drand and Thor Khel areas of Sipah where militants had some of their important hideouts and bunkers on adjoining hilltops which posed a hazard to ground offensives by security forces.
LI spokesman Salahuddin Ayubi conceded the destruction of hideouts on Saturday but insisted that no activist of the group had been killed. He also claimed that militants had captured two soldiers but the claims could not be verified.
A local spokesman for the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Azam Tariq Mahsud, claimed responsibility for the attack, it concluded.
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