3 Pak soldiers killed in shootout near Afghan border

Agence France-Presse . Islamabad | Published: 01:01, Jan 15,2021


Three Pakistani soldiers were killed Thursday in an exchange of fire with extremists in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, the military said.

North Waziristan was once a focal point in the global war on terror, but attacks have decreased in recent years following a series of army offensives against homegrown and foreign extremists.

As well as the soldiers, three militants were killed on Thursday during two separate intelligence-based operations on extremist hideouts.

‘During an exchange of fire, three soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom), while two terrorists and a bomb-making expert were also killed,’ Pakistan’s military said in a statement.

In 2014, the army launched a massive operation to wipe out extremist bases in the region, to end a near decade-long insurgency that cost thousands of lives.

Two years later, the army claimed to have cleared the last extremist stronghold there after a three-month long operation.

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