ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s security forces have killed five militants in an intelligence-based operation in the country’s southwest, said the army’s public relations wing, ISPR, in a statement on Friday.
The operation was carried out in Tank district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province between Thursday and Friday night after the security forces got information of militant presence in the Mullazai area.
The subsequent operation led to intense exchange of fire in which the militants were killed.
“The killed terrorists remained actively involved in numerous terrorist activities against Law Enforcement Agencies as well as extortion and target killing of innocent civilians,” the ISPR said.
“A cache of weapons, ammunition and explosives was also recovered during the operation,” it added.
Pakistan has experienced a surge in militant attacks since the beginning of the year in the two western provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that are situated right next to Afghanistan.
Officials in Islamabad have frequently blamed a proscribed militant network, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), for these attacks.
The TTP is said to have its leadership based in Afghanistan, making the Pakistani authorities request the administration in Kabul not to let their soil be used by armed groups to launch attacks against other countries.
The ISPR said the security forces had launched a “sanitization operation” in the area to eliminate any other militants as part of the country’s efforts to wipe out extremist violence.