Eight terrorists killed in clashes with security forces in Pakistan

KARACHI — At least eight terrorists were killed in clashes with the security forces in two separate incidents in Pakistan, the army said on Sunday.

During the conduct of an intelligence-based operation on the night of December 30-31, five terrorists “were sent to hell” following intense clashes between troops and the militants, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the army.

The terrorists’ hideout was also busted and a cache of arms, ammunition and explosives was recovered, it said, adding that a sanitisation operation was being carried out to eliminate other terrorists in the area.

“The security forces of Pakistan, in step with the nation, remain determined to thwart attempts of sabotaging peace, stability and progress of Balochistan,” the statement added.

In a separate incident, three terrorists attempting to infiltrate the Pakistan-Afghanistan border were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Bajaur district, the ISPR said.

“After the fire exchange, all three terrorists were sent to hell. Weapons, ammunition and explosives were also recovered from the killed terrorists,” it said in a separate statement.

“Pakistan has consistently been asking the interim Afghan government to ensure effective border management on their side of the border. The interim Afghan government is expected to fulfil its obligations and deny the use of Afghan soil by terrorists for perpetrating acts of terrorism against Pakistan,” the statement said.

Pakistan has witnessed an increase in terror attacks in recent months, especially in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

Earlier this month, as many as 25 soldiers were killed in two separate incidents on a single day, including a terrorist attack in Dera Ismail Khan, claiming the lives of 23 soldiers. That was the military’s highest single-day death toll from terrorist attacks reported this year.

According to statistics issued by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS), the country witnessed the highest number of suicide attacks since 2014 during this year, with nearly half of them targeting the security forces. — (PTI)