Pak army kills 40 militants in week-long operation

At least 43 terrorist hideouts were destroyed and a?huge cache of arms were recovered, the?army said. Photograph:( Getty )

PTI Islamabad, Pakistan Aug 22, 2016, 01.23 PM (IST)
At least 40 militants have been killed in a week-long search operation launched by security forces in Pakistan's restive tribal region near the Afghan border, the Pakistan army said today.

The operation code-named Khyber 3 was unleashed last week to clear the Rajgal area of the Khyber district.

"It may be mentioned that since the start of Khyber 3 operation, which commenced last week, total of 40 terrorists have been killed and 21 injured," the army said in a statement.

Security forces have occupied passes and are now consolidating their positions up in high mountains in Rajgal, it said.

At least 43 terrorist hideouts were destroyed and a huge cache of arms were recovered during the operation, the army said.

The operation was launched to dismantle the communication network of the militants in areas the used to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan.

Separately, the army said that during an Intelligence Based Operation in Jaglot area of Gilgit Baltistan, the security forces apprehended two terrorists who were trying to transport weapons, ammunition and explosives in a car.

Also, in another combing operation in Thall, 10 terrorists were apprehended and a huge cache of arms and ammunition has also been recovered.