ISLAMABAD : More than 100 Islamist militants and nine soldiers were killed in fierce fighting over the last four days in the tribal region of Bajaur, a military spokesman said on Sunday. The clashes broke out on Wednesday after pro-Taliban militants attacked a security check post in Loesam about 12 km (eight miles) west of Khar, the main town of the region.
“Fighting is still continuing and forces backed by helicopter gunship are targeting militants’ positions mainly on the mountains. We have reports of over 100 militants dead,” said a spokesman for Frontier Corps. Nine soldiers also died during the fighting, he said. Residents said troops were bombarding the militants’ hideouts and positions with mortar and artillery and many villagers had fled to safer places in the region.
Previously Gunship-helicopters of the security forces kept bombing the hideouts of the extremists in Bajaur Agency. Sources said that the security forces went into action at Loesam, Banda and Moski areas of Bajaur Agency, as their gunship helicopters and jet planes targeted the hideouts of the extremists. Loss of life is feared, but no report could immediately be received.
On the other hand, security forces shifted the bodies of four security personnel to Peshawar found at Loesam area. The extremists’ movements at Khar, Bajaur agency headquarter and its adjoining areas have increased, which triggered fears of action and thereby evacuation from the areas on large scale. Hundreds of families have arrived at Mohmand Agency, district Dir and other areas. The tribesmen have demanded setting up of camps for all those, who evacuated.-SANA