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23 Pakistani soldiers killed in Tirah valley offensive
Publication Date : 10-04-2013
Pakistan's Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Monday officially confirmed the death of 23 soldiers in Tirah Valley and said that the security forces have also gained a lot of ground in the militants’ stronghold in the remote mountainous hamlet.
Dawn was the first to report on the decisive gunbattle in the Tirah Valley to dislodge the militants from their stronghold on Saturday. The gun-battle had left at least 23 soldiers dead, including some Special Service Groups (SSG) personnel of officer’s rank.
The ISPR, in an official statement issued on Monday evening, said that over 110 militants have also been killed in the Tirah Valley and scores of their hideouts have been destroyed in the strikes during the operation which was started on Friday.
The statement also says that the offensive is successfully continuing in the valley and some important heights have also been captured by the security forces.
A security official told Dawn that after initial casualties, the security forces are constantly continuing with the strategy of controlling heights and would then be marching down to the scattered built up areas to flush out miscreants.
The landlocked area is reported to be a bastion of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other foreign militants.