Three soldiers martyred, 2 terrorists killed during IBO operations

RAWALPINDI: Three soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred during two separate intelligence-based operations (IBOs) on terrorists’ hideouts in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district.

According toInter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), two terrorists including an improvised explosive device (IED) expert also killed during the operations.

As soon as troops cordoned off the area, terrorists opened fire in an effort to flee from the area, said the ISPR. The ISPR added that Sepoy Azaib Ahmed from Karak, Sepoy Ziaul Islam from Bannu and Lance Naik Abbass Khan from Orakzai District were martyred during the exchange of fire.

On December 24, a soldier was martyred when terrorists targeted security forces convoy in North Waziristan district, while seven others sustained injuries. A day earlier, Havaldar Shoaib was martyred during an IBO conducted in Balochistan’s Awaran district.

In October, a possible terrorist activity was foiled in southern Balochistan when security forces conducted a similar operation, killing a “high-value target” responsible for killing innocent civilians, extortion and attacking security forces.