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Pakistan forces face no Taliban resistance

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 5, IRNA -- Pakistani military officials dispatched Monday hundreds of security forces, backed by gunships and fighter jets, advanced on Taliban stronghold in a tribal region and consolidated positions, military sources said.

Hundreds of Pakistani regular and border troops are attacking hideouts of militants in Kurram tribal region to eliminate and expel them, they said.

“Taliban militants did not show any resistance,” a military officer said.

The security forces made advancement in the mountainous areas including Mushat, Masozai and Ali Sherzaoi, the former stronghold of Taliban militants, he said. The troops are now consolidating positions and establishing check posts atop the mountains to overlook main roads and movement of the militants.

Sources said that most of the militants have already fled their hideouts ahead of the operation.
Residents said that thousands of people have left homes and have taken shelter in a camp at Sadda, a main town in the region. Hundreds of families had already shifted to the camp after the authorities told them to leave to avoid casualties.

Officials said that more Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are expected to arrive in the camp in the coming days.

They said that the camp will have the capacity to accommodate 1,500 families. The IDPs have been asked to get themselves registered at the camp to get the required facilities.

The decision to launch operation was taken after a recent attack by the militants on a security check post, killing one soldier and injuring several others. Security officials said that the militants had entered Kurram region from Afghanistan’s Khost province.

Officials said that Taliban militants from others have also taken shelter in Kurram agency, who are also involved in attacks in Shia Muslims and also closed several roads for a long time.

Taliban militants have carried out several attacks on caravans of Shia Muslims and kidnapped them for ransom, according to a lawmaker from the region. Peace deals to reopen roads with the militants have also failed, forcing the army to launch operation.

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