Six militants were killed during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in the Kot Azam, South Waziristan district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.
The incident occurred during an intense exchange of fire between security personnel and terrorists during the operations on Wednesday, according to a statement made by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
“During the operation, intense fire exchange occurred between security forces and terrorists, resulting in the killing of 6 terrorists,” read the statement.
“Weapons and ammunition were also recovered from the killed terrorists who remained actively involved in terrorist activities against security forces as well as extortion and targeted killing of innocent citizens,” it said.
Sanitization of the area is being carried out to eliminate any other terrorists found there, it added.
Meanwhile, Pakistani officials reported that three security forces and one civilian were killed after a suicide blast occurred in the North Waziristan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday.
In addition, one security personnel and police were injured in the attack, the officials said.
This was the second attack by the terrorists in the province within two days.
At least six individuals were killed in a day earlier militant attack on the province’s natural gas and oil production businesses, including four members of the security forces and two private guards.
According to the police, at least 50 militants stormed the location and killed four police officers and two of the company’s private security guards.
The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Since a unilateral ceasefire with the Pakistani government ended, the TTP militants have increased their attacks on security personnel and civilians.