Waziristan (HRNW): At least four terrorists were killed in operation by security forces in the North Waziristan Valley on Thursday, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Three soldiers also lost their lives during the anti-terror operation, according to military’s public affairs wing. One of the martyred included Lieutenant Moeen. The others were identified as Naeb Subedar Nazir Ahmed and Fakhar. The terrorists killed during the operation were wanted to security forces in December 2017 attack on law enforcement personnel. In February 2017, Pakistan Army had launched a counter-terror operation named ‘Radd-ul-Fasaad’ across the country and hundreds of militants have surrendered and several were killed after the operation was initiated. The operation was aimed at indiscriminately eliminating residual and latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made thus far and further ensuring security of the borders.
The military had said “the country wide de-weaponisation and explosive control were additional cardinals of the effort. The statement also highlighted that pursuance of the National Action Plan, which was formed after Peshawar school attack in 2014, will be the hallmark of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. In 2014, the military had launched a full scale military offence Zarb-e-Azb with the staunch determination to wipe out hotbeds of militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) that was a strategically important agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan. The following were the major operations carried out by security forces against terrorists in the recent past: Operation Rah-e-Haq-I, II and III in Swat (2007-09); Operation Sirat-e-Mustaqeem in Khyber Agency (2008); Operation Sherdil launched with Frontier Corps in Bajaur Agency (2008); Operation Rah-e-Rast in Swat (2009); Operation Rah-e-Nijat in South Waziristan (2009).