Eleven killed in Pakistan clashes

Pakistani army kills 12 suspected militants from Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan in Waziristan as operations continue against militant insurgency

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Pakistani officials said 10 suspected Taliban militants were killed while one soldier was also killed by the militants in South Waziristan tribal area on Thursday, a former bastion of Taliban.

The clash occurred in the remote town of Laddah, near the Afghan border located 30 kilometres off Wana, the administrative headquarters of South Waziristan, the Anadolu Agency reported. 

Earlier on Thursday, the Pakistani military said that it had killed 43 suspected members of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is an umbrella organisation for different fractions and active northeastern part of the country along Afghanistan border.

Following Sunday’s suicide bomb attack in Punjab Province that left 20 people dead, including the province's Home Minister Shuja Khanzada, at least 160 militants have been killed in intensive operations.  

The conflict between the Pakistani army and the Taliban has been continuing since June 2014, with military efforts focused on clearing North Waziristan from the insurgency.

More than 90 percent of the region has been cleared of the insurgency with nearly 3,000 militants killed so far.

The Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan, has increased its offensives against the Pakistani army since the militant group splitted from the Afghan Taliban in 2007.

Pakistani army has increased its effort to cope with the militant insurgency since the last year’s school attack in Peshawar.

The ongoing operations left behind nearly 3,000 militants dead, whereas more than 100 Pakistani soldiers have been killed by the militants.

The chaos created by both army operations and Taliban militancy caused the displacement of some 1.5 million people from Pakistan's tribal areas.

TRTWorld and agencies