3 soldiers killed in Dattakhel clash, 27 militants taken down in air strikes


At least three soldiers were killed and four others injured on Sunday in a clash between militants and security forces in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan Agency, as airstrikes targeting militant compounds eliminated at least 27 suspected terrorists in the same region on Sunday.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the dead also included an officer. It added that at least seven militants were also killed in the encounter.


Meanwhile,  27 terrorists, including some senior commanders and foreign fighters, were killed in precision strikes in Dattakhel area.

The strikes are part of the military’s ongoing operation in the restive tribal area.

The Pakistan Army says it has so far cleared “90 per cent” territory of North Waziristan Agency from militants since the start of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in June.

A total of 1,198 terrorists have been killed and 356 injured since the operation was launched five months ago, Zarb-e-Azb Commander Maj Gen Zafarullah Khan said on Saturday.