MIR ALI: Two terrorists were killed in a clash with the security forces in Mir Ali sub-division of North Waziristan tribal district on Tuesday.

Official sources said the security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in Biji Kaskai area and raided a house where two terrorists were killed during the clash. The Pakistan Army did not suffer any loss in the clash. The security forces took the bodies of the slain terrorists into custody and shifted them to hospital.

The intelligence-based operation in North Waziristan happened two days after a cross border attack by militants on the security forces in which six soldiers had embraced martyrdom.

Official sources said that unknown militants opened fire on a security check post in Mana Badam Shah area due to which six soldiers died. The fallen soldiers were identified as Hawaldar Khalid, Sepoys Naveed, Mariza Babar, Bachal Khan, Ali Raza and Ihsan Abbas.

The sources said the incident happened near the Pak-Afghan border. The security forces reached the spot immediately and launched a search operation in the area. However, no arrests were made till filing of this report. No banned outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.

On the same day, a contingent of the Frontier Corps (FC) was attacked by unidentified terrorists during a combing operation between Hushab and Turbat in Balochistan in which four soldiers were martyred, the ISPR said. The troops martyred in Balochistan included Captain Aqib Javed, and Sepoys Nadir, Atif Altaf and Hafeezullah.

“The martyrdom of six soldiers on the Pak-Afghan border and of four in Balochistan is the sacrifice Pakistan (is) making for peace in the region,” Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted. He said security of the tribal districts has improved with efforts of security forces.

Despite completion of a massive military operation Zarb-e-Azb and return of temporarily displaced persons to North Waziristan military personnel often come under attack in the area as militants still have presence in some patches. In retaliation, the security forces also conduct IBOs in troubled areas.

On July 20, terrorists attacked a security check post in Boya area of North Waziristan in which six persons, including four soldiers, were injured. On the same day in South Waziristan three people, including two security personnel, were injured in two separate incidents.