- Terrorists fired on vehicles of private company.
- The constable was deployed for the security of the project.
- The terrorist was killed during IBO in Bara of Khyber district.
RAWALPINDI: A soldier and two civilians were martyred in firing by terrorists in Dera Ismail Khan general area of Darazinda, an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said on Tuesday.
According to the army’s media wing, the terrorists opened fire on vehicles of a private company working on a development project in the area.
“As a result, two innocent civilian employees of the company, Muhammad Faisal, 35, and Asif Kamran, 29, both residents of Karak District, embraced martyrdom,” the statement said.
ISPR also said that constable Syed Muhammad Shaheen Shah, who was 33 years old and a resident of Hangu district, was appointed on security of the project. He also embraced martyrdom while fighting bravely against the terrorists.
“A sanitization operation is being conducted to eliminate the terrorists present in the area,” the statement said.
It said Pakistan’s security forces are committed to eliminating the threat of terrorism and will continue to support the economic progress of the region.
Meanwhile, one terrorist was killed during an intelligence-based operation in general area of Bara in Khyber district.
Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the slain terrorist, identified as Qudrat Shah alias Abubakar, who was actively involved in several terrorist activities.
ISPR said a day earlier, two soldiers were martyred in an encounter with terrorists in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan district.
During the intense exchange of fire, 25 year old constable Abdullah, resident of Mardan and 19 year old constable Muhammad Sohail, resident of Tharparkar, embraced martyrdom after fighting bravely.
The army’s media wing said the forces conducted a cleanup operation in the area to eliminate other terrorists.
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.