Five suspected terrorists were reportedly killed in an intelligence-based operation conducted by Pakistan Army in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Swabi district on Tuesday.
“[The] five terrorists who were killed […] were planning to target educational institutions and judicial complexes,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
The military’s media wing said three of the terrorists had been identified, while the remaining two were “probably Afghans”. At least one of the identified militants was a member of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, according to ISPR.
Two soldiers of the Army also lost their lives in the operation.
“Sacrifice of our shaheeds will not go [to] waste. Terrorist[s] will be brought [to] their end and held accountable for their fasaad,” Chief of Army Staff Qamar Jawed Bajwa said in response to the operation.
The two soldiers were among an Army party conducting an intelligence-based operation in Swabi district’s Malikabad area, according to ISPR.
A day earlier, five soldiers of Pakistan Army had been slain in a “terrorist attack” on three Pakistani border posts along the Pak-Afghan border area in Mohmand Agency. Over 15 suspected militants were also reportedly killed during the attack.
The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack and clashes with the security forces in Malikabad.
In a message sent to the media, the TTP spokesman Mohammad Khorasani said their organisation was involved in the clashes with security forces in Malikabad in Swabi.
APP adds: The Namaz-e-Janaza of Captain Junaid and Sepoy Amjad was offered at Peshawar Garrison on Tuesday. According to the ISPR, Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, Corps Commander Peshawar and other civil and military officials attended the funeral. ‘Jasde Khakis’ (dead bodies) of the martyrs were to be taken to their native areas where they will be laid to rest with full military honour.
Meanwhile, Commander Peshawar Corps Lt Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt visited the operational areas of Suran Valley, Mohmand Agency, and interacted with troops who valiantly repulsed the cross border attack. He appreciated the high morale of troops and lauded their bravery and courage in the line of duty.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed deepest condolences over the martyrdom of Captain Junaid and Sepoy Amjad who embraced Shahadat while fighting terrorists in Swabi.