Security forces kill 14 Taliban in Orakzai


Abdul Saboor Khan

HANGU: At least 14 Taliban were killed and 16 others injured in airstrikes and clashes with security forces in Lower Orakzai Agency, security officials said on Sunday.

Officials said three Taliban were injured in their clash with security forces in the agency’s Goyeen area.

Separately, fighter jets pounded various Taliban hideouts in Mashte Maila and Sangra areas of the Lower Orakzai Agency and Shakar Tangi area in the Upper Orakzai Agency, in which six Taliban were killed and 13 injured. Seven Taliban hideouts were also destroyed in the shelling.

The northwest suffers from chronic insecurity, largely connected to the Tribal Areas, which Washington calls the most dangerous place on earth and a global headquarters of al Qaeda.

A campaign of suicide and bomb attacks has killed nearly 3,300 people in less than three years across the country. Orakzai is one of the latest tribal districts in the military’s sights, where security forces in March launched a fresh offensive to flush out Taliban.

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