Militants attack security check posts,11 soldiers killed

PESHAWAR: Dozens of Taliban militants on Friday morning, attacked five security check posts in tribal agency of Mohmand. The fierce clashes left 24 militants and 11 security personnel martyred. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has accepted the responsibility for the attack.

Near 150 militants attacked five check posts in Mohmand agency in the wee hours of Friday, security sources told.

The security forces launched a retaliatory operation with gun ship helicopters as a result of which the attacks left 26 militants and 11 paramilitary troopers killed.

About a dozen militants and ten troopers were also wounded in the clashes, said sources. Sources told that the militants left the dead bodies of their accomplices and fled. The dead bodies have been taken in to custody by the security forces.

Some tribal sources said that several troopers have gone missing after the incident.
However, the report could not be officially and independently confirmed.

Meanwhile Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan accepting the responsibility of the attack has claimed that 12 security personnel were martyred in the attack and 6 dead bodies of the soldiers are in their custody while two were captured alive and they have been shifted to an undisclosed location.

TTP spokesman Sajjad Mehmand talking to BBC told that Taliban in the wee hours of Friday attacked 5 check posts in Mohmand Agency and only two of their comrades were killed while 12 soldiers were killed and the dead bodies of 6 soldiers are in their custody. He told that Taliban would also carry out similar attacks in the future.

On the other hand a senior security official told BBC that armed militants attacked 5 check posts of security forces in Tehsil Baizai 60 kilometers from Ghalanai. According to him three security officials were killed and 12 wounded. He told that security forces in their retaliatory action killed 24 militants and wounded 10. He said mortar shells were fired at several hideouts of the militants and several of their key hideouts have been destroyed.

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