Pakistan: Islamist militia step up attacks against Army in Khyber, kill 7 soldiers, injure 15

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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) fighters (File Pic)

Peshawar: Reacting to Pakistan Army’s ‘Operation Azm-e-Ishtekam’, Islamist militant groups have stepped up their attacks, as part of which 7 soldiers were killed today and 15 injured, 3 soldiers were abducted and a bank van with over 45 lakh rupees cash and 4 personnel was seized.

Ever since the Pakistan government announced the all-out operation to end terrorism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on June 22, the groups like Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Hafiz Gul Bahadur’s Jaish-ul Umeri and Lashkar-e-Islam have consolidated their presence in the Province further with reinforcements from Afghanistan.

They have intensified their attacks, leading to the worsening of the situation in almost all parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Today, there were a spate of attacks in various parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In North Waziristan, militants attacked a convoy of Pakistan Army, killing 5 soldiers, including Captain Usama. Four soldiers were injured in the attack.

In South Waziristan, militants attached a team of Bomb Disposal squad in Lower Wana area, killing 2 officials and injuring 11.

In Tank district, 3 personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) were abducted by some militants who had set up a checkpoint.

In another incident, some gunmen seized a cash van of Bank of Punjab on Daraban Road in Dera Ismail Khan. They decamped with the van, along with 4 persons on board and 45 lakh rupees cash.

According to reports, several fighters have sneaked into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from Afghanistan and the number of fighters in the Province has increased to around 800.