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Security Operation Claims 11 ‘Terrorists’ in South Waziristan

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Arif Ahmadi
Arif Ahmadihttps://www.khaama.com/
Arif Ahmadi holds a B.A. degree in Journalism. He works as an Editor & Content Writer for Khaama Press.
FILE: A Pakistani army soldier stands guard along with border fence at the Pak-Afghan border near the Punjpai area of Quetta in Balochistan on May 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / BANARAS KHANBANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

WAZIRISTAN, Pakistan – At least 11 terrorists killed in an intelligence-based operation by the local security forces in Pakistan’s South Waziristan on Thursday, according to sources, aimed at curtailing the rising militancy in the country.

Earlier this week, Pakistani Taliban warned the country’s main ruling parties of “concrete action” for “declaring war” against it, months after the group ended ceasefire.

However, it remained unclear whether the declared terrorists belong to the Pakistani Taliban, known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

“While conducting the intelligence-based operation (IBO) in the general area, the security forces successfully “foiled a high-profile terrorist activity,” Inter-Services Public Relations Pakistan (ISPR), the country’s military’s media wing, was quoted as saying by the Geo News.

The eliminated 11 terrorists include the local terrorist commander Hafiz Ullah and two suicide bombers, where security forces also recovered  a huge number of weapons and ammunition.

“The killed terrorists remained actively involved in terrorist activities against security forces and target killing of police in South Waziristan district,” said the ISPR, as India Today quoted.

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Last month, Pakistani Taliban announced they no longer abide by a month-long ceasefire with the government, urging fighters to resume attacks in retaliation towards a continuous military campaigns.

Mohammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) told Reuters in a text message that its leadership had decided to end the ceasefire with Pakistan, as India Express reported.

According to a statement, the TTP leadership urged its fighters to resume attacks in retaliation towards a continuous military campaign against them.

The Pakistani military has carried out several offensives against the militants in their strongholds in remote lawless districts bordering Afghanistan.

There was no immediate response from the government.

Who are Pakistani Taliban

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) – commonly known as the Pakistani Taliban – is an umbrella organization of various Islamist armed militant groups operating along the Afghan–Pakistani border.

Formed in 2007 by Baitullah Mehsud, its current leader is Noor Wali Mehsud, who has publicly pledged allegiance to the Afghan Taliban (Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan).

Most Taliban groups in Pakistan coalesce under the TTP. Among the stated objectives of TTP is resistance against the Pakistani state. The TTP’s aim is to overthrow the government of Pakistan by waging a terrorist campaign against the Pakistan armed forces and the state.

The TTP has carried out some of the bloodiest attacks inside Pakistan since 2007. It is not directly affiliated with the Afghan Taliban, but pledges allegiance to them.

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