MIR ALI: Over 25 suspected terrorists have been killed and over 24 others injured in coordinated operation of the armed forces including the Air Force in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan Agency; meanwhile there are claims of killing of TTP Commander Adnan Rashid in the attack along with family members; however Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has denied the claim.
According to official sources that over 25 suspected terrorists were killed in armed forces operation on Tuesday morning in different areas of North Waziristan while four were killed when jet fighters bombed hideouts in Tirah valley of the Khyber Agency. According to sources the operation was carried out on the basis of the intelligence reports. The house of the TTP commander Adnan Rashid was attacked in action of forces. According to a private TV channel the wife, son, niece and one relative of Adnan Rashid were killed in the attack. This was first surgical strike of the Pakistan Air Force which was carried out on the intelligence information in North Waziristan.
The rest were killed in overnight bombing by jet fighters in Mir Ali and Miranshah areas of North Waziristan.
Sources said that those killed were involved in Bannu, Qissa Khawani bazaar and Peshawar Church attacks.
“This hadn’t been planned before, and Pakistan air force fighter jets were called to hit hideouts of the militants involved in attacks on security forces,” said one military official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Military officials said fighter jets were targeting only militant positions around the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan. Following a wave of fighter jets strikes, the army later called in helicopter gun ships to shell suspected hideouts.
It was the first time the air force has resorted to aerial strikes in the region since it struck a ceasefire agreement with local Taliban chiefs in 2007.
Residents of North Waziristan said there were numerous civilian casualties but the army was not immediately available to comment on the operation.
“We were all asleep when the planes started bombing the village,” said Khyal Zaman, a tribesman from the village of Esori.
“We had no idea what happened in the dark and those who survived came out of their homes in desperation along with children and started walking away into the open.”
Most-wanted commander of the Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Adnan Rasheed is believed to have died in counter offensive launched by the security forces.
Key militant commander Adnan Rasheed has been killed in North Waziristan. The militant commander was killed as jets of security pound militant hideouts in North Waziristan.
Adnan’s wife along with three other relatives was also killed in the airstrike by security forces.
Official sources have confirmed the killing of Adnan Rasheed but Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson has denied the killing of Taliban commander.
Official sources have confirmed said that Rasheed died as a result of bombing by jet fighters at his house in Miranshah, North Waziristan.
Adnan Rashid was sentenced to death for the attack on former president General (retd) Pervez Mushararf in 2004. He was imprisoned at the Bannu prison and was freed along with 400 inmates when militants stormed the prison in 2012. Rashid was also the mastermind of the 2013 Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak in which over 170 prisoners escaped.
The retaliation by armed forces came after Taliban bombing in Bannu on Sunday that killed over 20 personnel of the armed forces followed by a suicide attack near army headquarters in Rawalpindi on Monday in which over 13 people were killed including five army men.