KHYBER AGENCY - As many as 43 persons including 34 militants, three troops and six civilians were killed in fresh skirmishes between the security forces and militants in Maklikdin Khel, Shlober areas of tehsil Bara, ISPR and other official sources said on Thursday. The sources said that the forces launched a massive operation assisted by gunship helicopters against the miscreants in Malikdin Khel and Shlober areas. In a day long fighting, 34 militants were killed and three Frontier Corp (FC) personnel including Capt. Abdul Qadir embraced martyrdom, the sources said. Eight troops also sustained bullet injuries and were shifted to military hospital for treatment, the sources said. Six civilians including children and women were also killed while ten others were wounded in shelling and mortars strikes in the area, locals told the media. The choppers conducted shelling on the suspected hideouts of militants and three of them were destroyed, the sources said. Panic and fear spread among the locals and dozens of residents evacuated their houses and shifted to safer places due to uncertain situation in the area, the local sources said. It is worth mentioning here that for the last few days the militants in Bara have intensified their activities and scores of civilians and forces personnel have been killed in mortar strikes and operations.