Three terrorists gunned down in separate KP IBOs

A soldier embraced martyrdom after an IED exploded in North Waziristan’s Gharyoum Tehsil

Pakistani soldiers stand near debris of a house which was destroyed during a military operation against Islamist militants in the town of Miranshah, North Waziristan, Pakistan, July 9, 2014. — Reuters
  • Soldier embraces martyrdom in North Waziristan IED blast.
  • Two terrorists killed in DIK, one in  South Waziristan, ISPR says.
  • Sanitisation operations continue to wipe out terrorists, it adds.

PESHAWAR: Three terrorists were gunned down in two separate intelligence-based operations (IBOs) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Dera Ismail Khan and South Waziristan districts, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the military’s media wing said an IBO was conducted in the general area of Kulachi in the Dera Ismail Khan district following which two terrorists were killed in an intense exchange of fire on November 20, 2023.

One more terrorist was executed during an operation in South Waziristan’s Kot Azam general area, the ISPR stated.

“Weapons and ammunition were also recovered from all three killed terrorists, who remained actively involved in numerous terrorist activities against security forces as well as innocent civilians,” the ISPR stated.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old soldier — Sepoy Shahzeb, belonging to Rawalpindi — embraced martyrdom after an Improvised Explosive Device exploded in the general area of Gharyoum, North Waziristan district.

“Sanitisation operations are being carried out to eliminate any terrorists present in the area as the security forces of Pakistan are determined to wipe out the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve,” the statement added.

Pakistan has faced a surge in terrorism in recent months, with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant outfits intensifying their actions against security forces.

In response, the state has also launched operations to curb terrorism.

Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), in a report released in October, noted that the security forces lost at least 386 personnel in the first nine months of 2023, marking an eight-year high.

In the third quarter of 2023, some 445 people lost their lives and 440 suffered injuries from as many as 190 terror attacks and counter-terror operations.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan were the primary centres of violence, accounting for nearly 94% of all fatalities and 89% of attacks (including incidents of terrorism and security forces operations) recorded during this period.

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