At least five Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan militants have been killed in a special operation in North and South Waziristan district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, the military announced in a statement on Friday.
“Weapons, ammunition and a large quantity of equipment were also recovered from the killed terrorists,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
In a separate statement on Friday, Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) said 12 alleged militants were arrested linked to the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and al-Qaeda.
The statement said that the militants were arrested due to three separate special operations from three cities of the province, including Lahore.
Meanwhile, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the army was determined to eliminate the threat of terrorism from the country.
The statement also said that during the last three months, security forces had killed more than 150 terrorists in several special operations.
Security forces conducted 6,921 operations nationwide in the last three months, arresting at least 1,007 terrorists.
Only in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, around 1,960 operations have been conducted, of which 1,516 were area-domination operations, 301 were based on intelligence, and 143 were area-sanitization operations.
The statement read that only in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa were 89 militants killed, and 540 were detained due to security forces’ operations.
However, the TTP, Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), and other militant groups have intensified their attacks, particularly in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.