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Security forces retake key road in northwestern Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Offensive against militants continue

Peshawar, 03 May, ( Pakistani security forces Saturday took control of a vital link road between Ambella and Daggar, in northwestern Buner district, said the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR.)

According to the ISPR, security forces launched a successful operation to secure the link road and now forces are busy clearing the landmines planted by militants.

"Security forces conducted a successful operation on the Ambela-Daggar axis and were able to establish link with troops in Daggar town," a military statement said.

‘They are now removing improvised explosive devices’ and the road will be soon open for public, it said. Daggar is Buner's main town which the military said was secured on Wednesday.

‘Security forces are conducting a mopping up operation and the area will be clear of militants very soon,’ it said.

At least five militants including three alleged Afghan nationals were also arrested from the Kanju area while planting an explosive devise, the statement said.

Meanwhile in Swat, security forces recovered 12 pairs of military uniforms from militants who escaped after a shootout in the Langer village in Khawazkhela tehsil.

The military launched a major ground and air assault in Buner five days back after Taliban militants from restive Swat valley infiltrated adjoining areas and advanced to within 100 kilometres of Islamabad.

Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas on Friday said some 400 ‘well-equipped and organised’ Taliban had been putting up ‘stiff resistance’ in Buner.

Earlier, security forces managed to recover 10 levies personnel who were abducted from Lower Dir.

Meanwhile curfew has been imposed in Alpuri, district headquarters of Shangla and other key roads as heavy contingents of security forces reached at Shangla top.

Sources said unannounced curfew has been imposed in Alpuri, Ranyal, Karora, Bisham-Alpuri road and Karora-Jak road after deployment of security forces. Other roads have also been closed for traffic.

According to reports, the purpose of curfew is to prevent militants’ entry in Shangla from Buner. Security forces started marching towards Swari area.

- Asian Tribune -

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