2 soldiers, 3 militants killed in clashes in northern Pakistan

  • PTI, Islamabad
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2016 18:38 IST

At least two soldiers and three militants were killed in a clash between Pakistan security forces and rebels in the country’s peaceful northern areas on Thursday.

The clash occurred in Gilgit-Baltistan when troops raided a hideout of militants in Tarel valley in village Gayyal near Chilas at a tip-off, army said.

“Three wanted terrorists were killed by security forces in a successful IBO (Intelligence-based Operation),” according to the statement.

Two security forces personnel were also killed in exchange of fire, it said.

A search operation is still underway, it added, and security forces have cordoned off the site in Gayal village.

The killed militants were involved in attacks on civil transport, tourists and security forces.

The affiliation of the militants was not known but the area is known haunt of terrorist linked with anti-Shia Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Tehreek-Taliban-Pakistan. Both groups are banned in Pakistan.

The latest killing came after five terrorists were killed on Wednesday night when they attacked a military check post in Khyber Agency, army said.

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