KHYBER AGENCY - Three troops got injured in two separate incidents took place here in Aka Khel and Bara Bazaar – areas of Tehsil Bara of Khyber Agency, official sources said on Thursday.

In the first incident, the security forces were targeted with planted explosive in Aka Khel injuring two soldiers. Separately, a security force fighter got wounded in clashes with militants in Aziz Market area of Bara Bazaar, sources said.

On the 7th day of Operation Khyber-1, the security forces accelerated their action, using gunship helicopters to target militant hideouts in Sipah area; however no causality was reported, sources said.

Separately, at least 18 persons including two troops and eleven militants were killed in different incidents occurred in certain parts of Bara, said official and local sources.

The forces said that gunship helicopters and jet fighters pounded three militant hideouts in Sipah, Tarkho Kas and Aka Khel in Tirah valley, killing eight militants. Three militants were killed in an ambush on a food supply convoy of the security forces in Speen Kabr area of Sipah. Two soldiers also embraced martyrdom and three others got injured, sources said.

On the other hand, Laskar-e-Islam spokesman Saifullah Saif denied the news and claimed that nine troops including a military captain were killed and seven military vehicles and a tank were set on fire in Speen Kabr fight.

In the meantime, number of civilians including women and children were killed and wounded in war planes bombardment and landing of stray mortar shells in residential localities in different parts of Bara, local tribesmen said.

One shell struck a mosque in Manday Kas killing two worshipers identified as Din Akbar and Koki Khel on the spot and wounded three others, local source said. Similar incidents have taken place in far-flung areas of Bara and injured were being shifted to Peshawar hospitals, locals said.