The security forces in a major success gunned down a “terrorist ring leader” during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in the general area of Katalang in District Mardan, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Friday.
A brief statement issued by the military’s media wing said that the security forces engaged in two encounters with the terrorists in two different districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on the night between September 28 and 28.
“An intelligence-based operation was conducted in general area Katalang, Mardan District, which resulted in the killing of a high-value target, terrorist ring leader Faisal,” the ISPR stated.
It said that the slain militant was actively involved in numerous terrorist activities and was “highly wanted” by law enforcement agencies.
Weapons and ammunition were also recovered from his possession, it added.
The ISPR said that a soldier was martyred in a separate encounter with the militants in the general area of Parachinar in District Kurram.
“Own troops effectively engaged the terrorists’ location. However, Lance Naik Ghairat Khan (age 33 years, resident of Kurram District), having fought gallantly, embraced shahadat [martyrdom],” it stated.
The military’s media wing reiterated the resolve of the security forces to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country with the sacrifices of brave soldiers, which further strengthened the determination.