|Pakistani security forces kill 21 militants||
Pakistani security forces have killed 21 militants and injured 14 others in the country’s northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.
The Pakistani forces pounded the militants’ hideouts in the Tirah valley of the Khyber Agency on Friday, Pakistani security officials said.
“The security forces had targeted militant positions in the Koki Khel area of the Tirah valley and destroyed five insurgent hideouts as well,” they added.
The Pakistani forces also carried out a search and clearance operation in the area after the clashes.
On December 30, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants killed 21 Pakistani paramilitary troops who had been kidnapped on December 27 in northwestern Pakistan.
Gul Shehzad, a government official, said, "The hands of soldiers were tied with rope before they were shot."
A terrorist attack on Shia pilgrims claimed the lives of at least 19 people, including women and children, in southwestern Pakistan on December 31.
The victims were reportedly on their way to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH) in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad.
According to reports, many Pakistani militants have fled the country and have established bases in northeastern Afghanistan from where they launch deadly attacks on Pakistanis.
On June 25, 2012, Islamabad denounced the U.S.-led NATO forces occupying Afghanistan for failing to take action against militant safe havens in the country after 13 Pakistani Army soldiers were killed in a cross-border attack.
According to a Pakistan military official, over 100 terrorists based in Afghanistan’s Kunar province ambushed a military patrol inside Pakistan on June 24. Fourteen intruders and six soldiers were killed in the attack, while seven soldiers were beheaded by the extremists after being captured.
Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of more than 100,000 U.S.-led troops.
(Source: Press TV)
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