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Monday, April 15, 2024

12 TTP militants slain – Pakistan’s counter terrorism efforts in full swing

The country has recently witnessed an alarming rise in terror activities, especially in Balochistan and KP, after the outlawed TTP ended its ceasefire with Islamabad in November.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has confirmed that the intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Lakki Marwat was a success as 12 terrorists of TTP were gunned down.

According to the details, the operation was conducted on the information of terrorists’ presence in Lakki Marwat. The movement and activities of the terrorists were being monitored for the last one week. The security forces met a shootout with the terrorists when they were fleeing the area in a vehicle.

“Terrorists were lured in by providing a vehicle for escape that was intercepted and neutralised,” said the ISPR in its statement.

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During the encounter, 12 TTP terrorists were killed. Weapons and Afghan currency were also confiscated from their custody. Later, a clearance operation was carried out in the area. The terrorists were headed to Tank to carry out an attack. The law enforcement agency had shared that they martyred six policemen in a December 2022 attack.

Pakistan fights back

The country has recently witnessed an alarming rise in terror activities, especially in Balochistan and KP, after the outlawed TTP ended its ceasefire with Islamabad in November.

Last month, a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque in the Police Lines, Peshawar. Almost 100 people were martyred, while 169 were injured. The brazen terror attack sparked intense public uproar. To tackle the rise in terrorism, the security forces are conducting back-to-back operations to eliminate militants.

Wednesday, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police claimed to have arrested a ‘terrorist’ said to be associated with a banned outfit, Daesh during a raid in Karachi.

The ‘Daesh commander’ has been identified as Abdul Malik. A pistol along with rounds was seized from his possession. The initial investigation of CTD revealed that Abdul Malik is associated with Daesh’s Mula Abdul Manan group since 2011.

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In another instance, KP police thwarted a terrorist attack on the Hathala check post in the Dera Ismail Khan district on Tuesday. A group of terrorists carried out a fierce attack on the Hathala check post in DI Khan in the vicinity of the Kulachi police station. Police said the exchange of fire between the cops and terrorists continued for over 30 minutes. The terrorists fled from the scene after the failed attack.