RAWALPINDI- At least seven militants were killed and four others, including a key Al-Qaeda commander, were arrested while trying to flee from North Waziristan, ISPR reports.

According to the army’s Inter-Services Public Relation, initial interrogation has revealed the prominent Al-Qaeda commander to be an explosive, IED and suicide belt expert.

Meanwhile reports imply that with 19 terrorists having surrendered so far, it is likely more may also lay down arms.

PAF Jet aircrafts destroyed 6 confirmed terrorist hideouts on the outskirts of Mirali, resulting in the deaths of 11 terrorists. Terrorist concentrations were also targeted by the integrated fire of the artillery, tanks and heavy weapons outside Miranshah in North Waziristan Agency.

Further deaths include that of TTP commander of Miranshah, Commander Umer, who was killed by security forces on the outskirts of Miranshah.

The security forces also arrested three terrorists while they were trying to cross Indus River near Mianwali. Currently, all such crossing places across the river are manned to seal it from any escape by the terrorists. According to the ISPR, terrorist hideouts are being effectively cordoned off around North Waziristan Agency.

The North Waziristan civilian population has been evacuated in the meantime. On this matter ISPR stated, “To make sure that there are no innocent civilians still left in the area, announcements are being made for any stranded tribal who may have stayed back for any reasons, to leave also.”