PESHAWAR (APS)FEB 18,2016 – Nine Khasadar personnel were martyred in two separate terrorist attacks in a restive Pakistani region near the Afghan border on Thursday, APS News reported.
Militants attacked two check posts in Mohmand Agency, one of seven such semi-autonomous districts where the military has been battling Al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked militants for over a decade.
The first attack occurred at around 2:00am (PST) in Darwazgai area of Yaka Ghund tehsil where terrorists targeted Khasadar personnel deployed for a solar-powered tubewell’s security. Resultantly, two security men lost their lives.
The attackers also torched the check post and destroyed the tube well.
Another incident was reported in Karpa area where militants opened fire on a check post, killing at least seven Khasadar personnel.
Soon after the incident, a heavy contingent of security men launched a search operation in the area, however, no arrest has been made yet.
The army has intensified its offensive after Taliban attack on Army Public School in Peshawar on December 16, 2014, in which more than 150 people, mostly students, were killed.
Overall, levels of militant-linked violence have dropped dramatically, with 2015 on course for the fewest deaths among civilian and security forces since 2007 — the year the Tehreek-e-Taliban umbrella group was formed.
But the threat posed by the Taliban remains, particularly in the country’s northwest.
Last month, around four terrorists stormed a university in the northwestern town of Charsadda, killing 21 people in a chilling reminder of their ongoing ability to carry out occasional high-profile and brazen attacks.
Insurgency in Pakistan began after the US-led invasion of neighbouring Afghanistan in 2001, which led to a spillover of militants across the border and a surge in recruitment for Pakistani extremist groups.