ISPR says the slain terrorists were actively involved in several terrorist activities
- The operation was conducted on information about the presence of terrorists in the area.
- Terrorist leader Musa also killed in IBO: ISPR.
- Arms and ammunition recovered from the killed terrorists.
A terrorist commander and three other militants were killed in an intelligence-based operation led by security forces in the general area of Khisur in North Waziristan district, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Saturday.
This operation was carried out on information about the presence of terrorists in the area.
“Our own troops effectively struck the terrorists’ hideout, resulting in the neutralization of 4 terrorists, including a High-Value Target (HVT), terrorist gang leader Ibrahim. [alias] Musa, who was highly wanted by law enforcement agencies,” the army’s media wing said.
It said arms, ammunition and explosives were also recovered from the slain terrorists, who were actively involved in several terrorist activities.
ISPR further said that the surrounding areas are being swept to eliminate any terrorists found in the area, as Pakistan’s security forces are determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.
The country of 240 million has faced a surge in terrorism in recent months, with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other terrorist organizations stepping up their crackdown against security forces.
In response, the state has also launched a campaign to curb terrorism.
The Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) said in a report released in October that security forces lost at least 386 personnel in the first nine months of 2023, the highest level in eight years.
In the third quarter of 2023, about 445 people lost their lives and 440 were injured in more than 190 terrorist attacks and counter-terrorism operations.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan were the primary epicenters of violence, accounting for approximately 94% of all deaths and 89% of attacks (including incidents of terrorism and security forces operations) recorded during this period.