Militants’ hideouts in Orakzai, Pakistan bombed, 48 killed

KALAYA (DAWN): Military planes attacked militants’ hideouts in their stronghold of Mamozai and other areas in Upper Orakzai agency, killing 48 insurgents and injuring 29 on Thursday.

A senior security official put the death toll at 25 to 30 in the Mamozai bombing.

“The air strikes were carried out following specific reports that militants were hiding in the area. All those killed in the attack were militants hiding in a seminary,” the official said.

Six Taliban were killed and five injured in Dabori area and three hideouts were destroyed. Security personnel captured Mian Gul, a local Taliban commander. He was said to be in possession of 150 hand-grenades and other arms.

In mopping-up operations in Merobak and Ferozkhel areas in Lower Orakzai, security forces killed four insurgents. A soldier was injured in the operation.

Meanwhile, Taliban continued to fire rockets and mortar into the Kalaya, the regional headquarters, from Shereen Darra. A soldier was injured in the attack.

Six militants were killed and five others injured in air strikes in Dabori. Another four militants were killed in a clash with security forces in Merobak area. Security forces found three bodies in Sra Mela area. Two of the bodies were of tribal elders kidnapped by Taliban from Hangu.