Uzbeks Among 38 Militants Killed

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Thirty-eight militants, including a senior commander, were killed and several others sustained injuries in heavy bombing by Pakistan Air Force aircraft and Pakistan Army gunship helicopters in the Jogi area of central Kurram Agency on Wednesday, official sources said.

Uzbeks Among 38 Militants Killed

Thirty-eight militants, including a senior commander, were killed and several others sustained injuries in heavy bombing by Pakistan Air Force aircraft and Pakistan Army gunship helicopters in the Jogi area of central Kurram Agency on Wednesday, official sources said.

Thirty-eight militants, including a senior commander, were killed and several others sustained injuries in heavy bombing by Pakistan Air Force aircraft and Pakistan Army gunship helicopters in the Jogi area of central Kurram Agency on Wednesday, official sources said.

The sources said the fighter aircraft pounded three hideouts of militant commanders Mulla Toofan and Moeenuddin of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Kurram and Orakzai tribal regions. In the snow-covered Jogi mountainous area of Kurram Agency, the aircraft pounded militants’ sanctuaries and killed 18 militants, six of them Uzbek fighters. Militants used Jogi as a point to move from Khyber to Orakzai and also Kurram tribal region. They also sneaked into North Waziristan and Afghanistan from Jogi.

Security forces had secured the control of Jogi area last week, but the strong presence of local and foreign militants in the mountains enabled the Taliban fighters to continue their attacks on the forces. In the neighbouring Orakzai Agency, security officials said the PAF aircraft blitzed two main centres of Mulla Toofan and commander Maulvi Moeenuddin. They said that 20 militants were killed and several others injured when their sanctuaries were bombed.

Initially, it was reported that the militants had suffered casualties in the US drone attack. Some government officials and tribesmen said in Orakzai the drone had fired three missiles that struck two hideouts of the militants. Pakistani military authorities, however, denied the drone strike there and said the PAF planes conducted the missile attack. Pleading anonymity, a security official said there were strong indications that commander Maulvi Moeenuddin had been killed in the bombing by the jets on his hideouts in Mamozai area of the troubled Orakzai tribal region. He was said to be a senior TTP leader in the Orakzai Agency. However, members of the TTP operating in Orakzai Agency did not confirm the loss of their fighters and the killing of Moeenuddin. “I have personally spoken to him. He is safe and sound,” a militant commander known to this correspondent claimed while talking on phone from somewhere in Orakzai Agency.