ISPR says 'terrorist propagated as missing person' killed in Khyber IBO.

A terrorist, 'propagated as a missing person', was killed while a soldier was martyred during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Shakas area of Khyber tribal district, according to a statement issued by the military's media affairs wing.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said a joint operation was conducted in Shakas during which an 'intense' exchange of fire took place between terrorists and security forces.

'Own troops effectively engaged the terrorists' location. Resultantly, terrorist Liaquat Ali alias Shaheen, an important terrorist commander, was killed,' the statement said, adding that killed militant was also 'propagated as a missing person'.

According to the ISPR, he remained 'actively involved in terrorist activities against security forces, target killing[s] and extortion'.

Weapons and ammunition were seized from him in large quantities, it said.

The ISPR statement went on to say that a sepoy, 28-year-old Saleem Khan from Swabi, was also martyred in the operation after fighting 'gallantly'.

'Sanitisation of the area is being carried out to eliminate any other terrorists found in the area,' the ISPR said.

'Pakistan Army is determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve,' the statement concluded.

Slain militant, accomplices also involved in criminal activities: CTD

A day earlier, the counter-terrorism department (CTD) had also reported the killing of Liaquat Ali in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber district.

In a statement, the CTD said the militant commander was holed up in a house in Gharreeza locality. A raid was conducted on the house on a tip-off, it added.

The statement said Shaheen was killed and three armed men were arrested while trying to flee in injured condition. The...

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