TTP suicide bomber among two terrorists killed in KP IBO

Pakistani Army soldiers are guarding the Line of Control.  - Reuters/File
Pakistani Army soldiers are guarding the Line of Control. – Reuters/File
  • ISPR says that the killed TTP terrorist was about to carry out a major attack.
  • Two soldiers were martyred in firing during IBO.
  • Security forces are carrying out sanitization process in the areas of KP.

Two terrorists, including a suicide bomber of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were killed while two others were injured in separate intelligence-based operations (IBOs) conducted by security forces in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday.

In a statement, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said three soldiers also lost their lives in a separate incident of an improvised explosive device (IED) blast at an IBO and in Kulachi area of ​​Dera Ismail Khan district.

“An intelligence-based operation was conducted in Rori general area of ​​Dera Ismail Khan district and one terrorist was sent to hell, while two terrorists were injured,” a statement issued by the ISPR said.

It said the slain terrorist was identified as Usama – a suicide bomber linked to the TTP – who was planning to carry out a “high profile” attack in the area.

In a separate IBO held in Lakki Marwat district, security forces busted various terrorist hideouts, killing one terrorist.

Unfortunately, two soldiers – 37-year-old Naik Zafar Iqbal of Gujranwala and 30-year-old Sepoy Haji Jan of Gilgit Baltistan – lost their lives fighting bravely in the fierce gunbattle.

Besides, another soldier, Havildar Shahid Iqbal, 39, of Mirpurkhas, was martyred in an IED blast in Kulachi area of ​​DI Khan.

The army’s media wing said the sanitisation operation was being carried out to eliminate any terrorists present in the area. It reiterated the determination of the security forces to eliminate the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers have further strengthened our resolve.

Pakistan is facing the grave challenge of terrorism since last year as many incidents of terrorism and violence have taken place recently. Earlier today, 14 soldiers were martyred in an attack by terrorists on a convoy of security forces in Gwadar.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir last week said the armed forces and its security and intelligence setups have fought the menace of terrorism in an exemplary manner despite sustained and varied support from enemy forces.

COAS Munir said, “Inshallah we will be successful with the continued support of the people of Pakistan.”

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.

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