Pakistan Army says one soldier was martyred in a separate operation conducted in DI Khan
- Security forces conducted IBO in Badabera area of Peshawar.
- A soldier was martyred in different operations conducted in DI Khan.
- ISPR says that the security forces are committed to eliminating terrorism.
RAWALPINDI: Security forces killed four terrorists, including a high-value militant commander, in an intelligence-based operation in the suburbs of Peshawar, the army’s media wing said in a statement on Thursday.
According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the operation was launched in the general area of Badaber in Peshawar district on information about the presence of terrorists.
Pakistani troops “effectively engaged” the miscreants during the operation, resulting in the killing of four terrorists, including “high value terrorist” Samiullah alias “Shane”.
The statement said terrorist commanders Salman alias “Ahmed”, Imran alias “Muhammad” and Hazrat Umar alias “Khalid” were highly wanted by law enforcement agencies.
“Arms, ammunition and explosives were also recovered from the killed terrorists, who were actively involved in multiple terrorist activities including extortion and targeted killings in the area,” ISPR said.
In a separate operation, a 34-year-old soldier was martyred during an exchange of fire with terrorists in Kulachi general area of Dera Ismail Khan district.
The martyred soldier was identified as Lance Naik Muhammad Ijaz Khan, a resident of Bagh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
“The surrounding areas are being swept to neutralize any other terrorists found in the area as Pakistan’s security forces are determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country,” ISPR said.
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.