BAJAUR AGENCY - The security forces on Wednesday foiled an attack by Afghanistan-based militants in the border areas of Bajaur agency, killing two terrorists and wounding six others.
Talking to media, a security official said they with the help of Mamond Peace Committee members launched a search operation in the area after receiving credible information about the presence of a militants group hailing from Afghanistan’s Kunar province. He said the militants have entered the area under a plan to ambush a military check-post. He said that two key militant commanders belonging to Waziristan were killed while six others wounded during the search operation. He said that the security forces targeted several militants’ hideouts near the Pak-Afghan border areas. Talking to media, Pakistan Army (North) Sector Commander Brig Ghulam Haider said that no one would be allowed to carry out terror attacks in Bajaur Agency. He said that the security forces are capable of protecting the border areas and the Mamond tribesmen are supporting the armed forces.
MAMOND MILITIA TO FIGHT
EXTREMISTS IN BAJAUR
Threats of a looming operation in Bajaur tribal region were momentarily defused on Wednesday after the Mamond tribe announced the formation a lashkar (militia) to fight against terrorists and added that large-scale preparations were under way in this regard.
According to a private TV channel, Mamond tribesmen decided to form a peace legion against militants to support the administration in tracking down the assailants who had killed three security personnel including an army captain on July 12 in Gahki Pass area. Curfew was imposed in parts of Mamond Tehsil of Bajaur tribal agency as the political administration and the security forces with the support of the local tribesmen launched a search operation in the area. The authorities had given a deadline to the Mamond tribesmen to hand over the suspects or an operation would be launched in the area. Following which a representative jirga of the Mamond tribesmen had met the political authorities on Tuesday assuring them of their cooperation in tracking the culprits and action against militants.
The Mamond tribesmen led by Haji Bismillah Jan and other elders have assured the authorities of their cooperation and they are meeting the security commanders to assure their support.