Army captain, 4 soldiers martyred in intel based operation in North Waziristan

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Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Army captain and four soldiers embraced martyrdom on Monday during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district, the military said in a statement.

“During the operation in the Boyya area of the district, there was a heavy exchange of fire between the troops and the terrorists,” said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The military’s media branch said that troops went to where the terrorists were and killed four of them. “Weapons and bullets were also found on the dead terrorists,” it said.

ISPR says that the terrorists who were killed were still planning and carrying out attacks on security forces and killing innocent people.

During the heavy fighting, however, Captain Abdul Wali of Wana, who was 26 years old, Naib Subedar Nawaz of Abbottabad, who was 45 years old, Havaldar Ghulam Ali of Sargodha, who was 34 years old, Lance Naik Ilyas of Mianwali, who was 33 years old, and Sepoy Zafar Ullah of Mianwali, who was 29 years old, all died.

The military’s media arm said that the area is being cleaned up to get rid of any terrorists who may still be there. “The Pakistan Army is determined to get rid of the threat of terrorism, and the bravery of our soldiers won’t go to waste,” it said.

In a similar operation, based on intelligence, security forces killed a terrorist commander named Tufail in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan district.

In a separate statement, the ISPR said that weapons and ammunition were found on the terrorist who was killed.

“The terrorist who was killed was still trying to kill innocent people, make homemade bombs, and attack security forces.”

The biggest terrorist attacks in Mir Ali and the area around it were planned by Terrorist Commander Tufail, the report said.

Last month, an IED went off near security forces in the general area of Barawal in the district of Dir, killing two soldiers.

“Sepoy Sajid Ali, 30, from Kotli, Azad Kashmir, and Sepoy Adnan Mumtaz, 32, from Poonch, Azad Kashmir, embraced Shahadat (martyrdom) in the incident,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. Both of these men were from Azad Kashmir.

The military’s media arm said that terrorists were being looked for in the area so that they could be gotten rid of.