RAWALPINDI: The security forces have killed up to 200 miscreants in 24 hours in the insurgency-hit Swat and Shangla areas, the army said on Sunday. Suspected locations of miscreants were engaged at, Kanju, Mingora, Venaibaba, Namal, Qambar, Peochar (Miscreants Headquarters), Fizagath, Tiligram, Chamtalai and reportedly 50-60 miscreants were killed on Sunday, an army statement said.
Indiscriminate mortar firing and planting of IEDs in the streets and roads by the miscreants in the populated areas of village Thana, Malakand and Mingora, resulted into civilian casualties, it said. The security forces have warned the citizens to remain vigilant and careful as the miscreants have planted IEDs in various areas of Mingora city and district Swat to put the blame of civilian causalities onto Security Forces.
Miscreants also destroyed 2 schools at Barikot and Maniar, it said. Curfew was relaxed in Swat from 0600 to 1500 hours on Sunday. The ISPR said that Zahid Khan, Imam Masjid at Nishat Chowk mosque has been murdered by the miscreants.
In Shangla, area has been secured upto Biladram and forces during advance encountered IEDs at Chamtalai bridge. Intense exchange of fire also took place between the miscreants and Security Forces at Chamtalai.
The Security Forces resumed operation from important heights known as Point 2245 and pt 2266 which were captured yesterday, and secured area upto Shalwal Kandao. One soldier embraced Shahadat during the operation at Shalwal Kandao, the statement said. During advance a large number of dead bodies and weapons of miscreants were found near Ramotai Loe Sar. One soldier who was injured during operation on 8 May also embraced Shahadat during evacuation, it said.
The statement said that miscreants training camp at Banai Baba was destroyed and dead bodies and weapons of miscreants were found in the area. Reportedly 140-150 miscreants were killed at Banai Baba Training Camp and DCO Shangla confirmed through his sources the killing of 140-150 miscreants, the ISPR said. Shangla top has also been secured, it said.
About Dir, the statement said that area from Kala Dag to Haya Sarai, has been secured and miscreants gave resistance during advance at Musa Jan and Sarai Kot. “Resultantly, one soldier injured and 5 militants were killed in the process”.
Reportedly, miscreants kidnapped a reporter of leading private News Channel from Chakdara, Lower Dir, the statement said. In Gulabad consolidation of positions on Gulabad heights continue and area between Chakdara Bridge at Landakai has been secured by ground forces. It said troops during advance encountered 3 IEDS which were neutralized.
In Buner, the miscreant locations were engaged by attack helicopters at Barwada Char and resultantly, miscreants suffered heavy casualties,6 miscreants bunkers and 2 ammunition dumps were also destroyed.
The Security Forces have secured the ridges around Sultanwas and miscreants present there have been surrounded, the statement said, adding 2 Miscreants were arrested in a raid at Daggar.
The statement said that in South Waziristan Agency, last night miscreants attacked a security forces convoy at Spin area south of Tanai. The troops retaliated and 18 miscreants were killed in the retaliatory fire by security forces. “An officer Capt Muneeb also embraced shahadat while 2 other soldiers were injured”. Miscreants fled from the area leaving behind dead bodies, it said and added that one injured miscreant has been arrested. NNI