Soldier martyred, terrorist killed in two operations

RAWALPINDI: A soldier embraced martyrdom during an exchange of fire with terrorists in the Mir Ali area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district, the army’s media wing said on Friday, adding that one terrorist was killed during an IBO in Balochistan.
According to a press release from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), 29-year-old Sepoy Irsha Ullah was mar-tyred during the battle. “Own troops fought bravely and effectively engaged the terrorists’ location,” the statement said.
The ISPR added that “sanitisation” activity was being carried out to eliminate any terrorists found in the area.
“Pakistan’s security forces are determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave sol-diers further strengthen our resolve,” it said. Meanwhile, a terrorist was killed during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in the general area of Noshman located in Balochistan’s Sibi.
“From March 30, onwards an IBO has been initiated to intercept a group of terrorists operating in general area Nosh-man, south of Sibi,” said an ISPR press release. “The terrorists were linked with the targeting of civilians in the area be-sides harassment of coal mine owners.”
The ISPR added that multiple ambushes had been laid along different routes in the area frequented by terrorists for the past two days based on credible information.

“Resultantly, a party of three terrorists was intercepted while moving towards their hideout. On being blocked, they opened fire on the security forces,” the ISPR said. “During the ensuing heavy exchange of fire, one terrorist has been killed while two others have been injured.” The ISPR said a cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered.

“Pakistan army, in step with the nation, remains determined to thwart attempts at sabotaging peace, stability, and progress of Balochistan,” the statement concluded. -ISPR