Miranshah, 30 December 2023 (TDI): In a display of counterterrorism expertise, Security forces launched an intelligence-based operation in the Mir Ali area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district, on Friday.
The mission, successfully neutralized five terrorists showcasing the relentless dedication of military prowess in maintaining peace and security in the region.
The security forces conducted an operation in the Mir Ali area to investigate the reported presence of terrorists.
“During the conduct of the operation, after intense fire exchange, five terrorists, including terrorist commander Rahzaib Khuray, were sent to hell,” ISPR states.
The security forces neutralized the five terrorists because of their intense involvement in terrorist activities.There were not only targeting the security forces but also involved in extortion and target killing of innocent civilians.
Additionally, ISPR reported that the security forces also found weapons and ammunition during the operation. Locals in the area appreciated the unwavering commitment and effective measures taken by the force.
The ISPR further ensured that the sanitization operation is currently underway, aimed at eliminating any lingering terrorists in the area, as the security forces persist in their mission to wipe out the menace of terrorism from the country.
Recent attacks and casualties
In the past few months, there has been a noticeable increase in terrorist attacks, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, following the termination of the ceasefire by the banned TTP, last year.
Earlier this month, 25 soldiers of the Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom in two separate incidents on a single day. This included a terrorist attack in Dera Ismail Khan, claiming the lives of 23 soldiers, and a military operation in the Kolachi and Darazinda areas of KPK, where two army personnel lost their lives.
This marked the military’s highest single-day death toll from the reported terrorist attacks this year. Prior to this, 12 soldiers of the Pakistan Army were martyred in the separate military operations in the Zhob and Sui areas of Balochistan.
The Islamabad-based Center for Research and Strategic Studies (CRSS) published a report that highlights a 19 percent increase in the number of fatalities from terrorist attacks this year compared to 2022. The two Pakistani provinces bordering Afghanistan suffered 92% of all fatalities.
The CRSS stated, “Pakistan’s security forces lost at least 386 personnel, constituting 36% of all fatalities. This includes 137 army and 208 police personnel in the first nine months of 2023, marking an eight-year high.”