ISLAMABAD - Secretary Defence on Monday told the Standing Committee of National Assembly on Defence that during the last six months more than 2100 terrorists had been killed during the ongoing operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) while 199 soldiers including three officers embraced martyrdom.

The Nation reliably learnt that Secretary Defence Lt General Alam Khattak and Brigadier Hassan briefed the committee members on the achievements of operation Zarb-e-Azb, held at the Parliament House, during an in-camera session.  

The Secretary Defence told the participants that the forces had recovered 5898 rifles, 1.3 million bullets, 2193 sub-machine guns and 274 machine guns from the terrorists.

According to the source, the Secretary Defence also disclosed that 314 rocket launchers, 4901 rockets and 4391 mortars, 3321 hand grenades and 4808 IEDs were recovered from the terrorists.

The sources disclosed that the committee was told that 12.5 million kilogram explosive material was also recovered from the different areas of NWA.

The Secretary Defence told the committee that the forces also destroyed the 33 IED factories, including five factories of rocket manufacturing and seven factories of ammunition manufacturing.

The committee was informed that forces also destroyed nine illegal jails of terrorists while 186 mines were also recovered from them.

The committee assured their full support and co-operation to Pakistan Army and the officials of ministry of defence. The committee said that armed forces are fully backed by all the political parties and the nation to eliminate the menace of terrorism.