In a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), it was reported that on the night of September 25/26, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in the general vicinity of Tirah in the Khyber district, based on information regarding the presence of terrorists.
According to the ISPR, during the operation, there was a significant exchange of gunfire between Pakistani troops and the terrorists. This encounter resulted in the elimination of three terrorists, including a commander known as Kifayat, who also went by the name Tor Adnan. Kifayat was described as actively participating in various terrorist activities targeting law enforcement agencies and the killing of innocent civilians.
The ISPR also noted that efforts are underway to clear the area of any remaining terrorists, a process referred to as “sanitisation.” The ISPR emphasized the resolve of Pakistan’s security forces to eradicate the threat of terrorism, stating, “Security forces of Pakistan are determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism.”
These developments are part of ongoing counter-terrorism operations carried out by security forces across Pakistan.
In a separate incident on Saturday, a soldier was martyred during an exchange of fire with terrorists in the North Waziristan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Last week, security forces killed eight terrorists in two separate Intelligence-Based Operations (IBOs) conducted in the Jani Khel area of Bannu district and the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan.
Pakistan has experienced a surge in terrorist activities in recent months, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, following the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) termination of its ceasefire with the government in November of the previous year.
A report released in July by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies highlighted a steady and concerning increase in terrorist and suicide attacks during the first half of the current year, resulting in the loss of 389 lives across the country.