61 militants killed in Pakistan’s Khyber Agency

Islamabad, Nov 30 (Inditop.com) At least 61 militants have so far been killed by security forces in their operations against two banned organisations in Pakistan’s Khyber Agency along the restive border with Afghanistan, an official said Monday.

Another 87 have have been arrested, Online news agency quoted Brigadier Fiaz, the commandant of the paramilitary Frontier Constabulary (FC) as telling reporters in Bara, one of the three administrative units of the Agency.

The operations against the Lashkar-e-Islam and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan are “going successfully and Bara has been cleared of the miscreants”, Fiaz said.

“Foreign elements were involved in creating unrest in Bara and we have evidence about this,” he said, adding that Uzbeks, Afghans and locals were among the arrested and the killed militants.

A huge cache of arms that the militants had dumped in the area has also been recovered, Fiaz added.

In the Lower Kurram Agency, the security forces took over a training centre comprising three bunkers of TTP chief Hakimullah Mahsud in the Shash area and recovered important documents, explosives and land mines, an official said.

The Khyber and Lower Kurram agencies are among the seven that make up the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. They are governed by the governor of the North West Frontier Province, who acts on behalf of the Pakistani president.