Two soldiers martyred in N Waziristan gun battle

A Pakistani soldier patrols near Line of Control at Salohi village in Poonch district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on April 26, 2021. — AFP
  • One terrorist “was sent to hell” during gun battle, ISPR says.
  • Pakistan Army reiterates its resolve to root out militancy.
  • Sanitisation operation underway to eliminate terrorists in area.

RAWALPINDI: Two soldiers were martyred in a gun battle with terrorists in North Waziristan district’s Mir Ali area, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Monday.

The incident occurred, according to a statement from the military’s media wing, on the night between November 12 and 13 November.

The security forces effectively engaged the terrorists’ location and resultantly, one terrorist “was sent to hell”, the ISPR said.

However, during the intense fire exchange, Sepoy Abdullah, 25, a resident of Mardan, and Sepoy Muhammad Sohail, 19, a resident of Tharparkar embraced martyrdom after fighting bravely.

The forces carried out a sanitisation operation of the area to neutralise any other terrorists, the military’s media wing said.

“Security forces of Pakistan are determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve,” it added.

The nation of 240 million 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.

At least 14 soldiers were martyred when terrorists attacked two vehicles carrying security forces in Gwadar on November 2.

Moreover, the security forces had thwarted a terrorist attempt on Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) Mianwali Training Air Base earlier this month and also killed nine militants.

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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