24 militants, 12 civilians killed in Mohmand
GHALLANAI: Security forces on Saturday claimed to have killed 24 militants in an operation in Mohmand Agency. Also, 12 civilians were killed when shells missed their targets and landed in civilian areas in the restive agency.
Sources said that security forces targeted militants’ hideouts in Sooran Darra, Sheikh Baba, Dawezai, Kemor, Shati Kandao, Chamar Kand, Alingar, Kog Pind, Ghanam Shah and Shandara areas with jet fighters, gunship helicopters, tanks and artillery, killing 24 militants. A number of houses owned by militants were also destroyed in various areas.
However, some of the shells missed their targets and landed in the civilian areas, killing 12 persons.
Meanwhile, a large number of tribesmen continued shifting to safer places. According to sources, about 40 to 50 thousand people have left their homes to save their lives.
A resident of Kog Pind in Safi area Maulana Abdul Jabbar told local reporters that they had always been loyal to the country, but during the shelling their entire village was flattened.
Source: The News