At least four militants were killed in retaliatory fire by security forces when they launched a “suicide attack” on a camp of the Mohmand Rifles Headquarters in Mohmand Agency on Saturday.
Two soldiers of the Frontier Corps (FC) were killed in the attack in Ghalanai, DG Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Asim Bajwa said on Twitter.
He said security forces had “defeated” the attack, killing all four suicide bombers. At least 14 FC men were injured in the attack, security sources said.
Security Forces valiantly defeated Suicide Attack on Ghalani Camp in Mohmand Agency killing all
4 Suicide Bombers.Own 2 sldrs martyred
— Gen Asim Bajwa (@AsimBajwaISPR) November 26, 2016
The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.
According to security sources, militants attacked the FC camp inside the agency headquarters at 6:20am. A heavy exchange of fire ensued between the militants and soldiers, until all attackers were killed.
A curfew was imposed in Mohmand Agency following the incursion as gunship helicopters searched the area.
Mohmand is one of Pakistan’s seven tribal agencies near the Afghan border where the military has been battling Al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked militants for over a decade.
The army launched operation Zarb-i-Azb in June 2014 in a bid to wipe out militant bases in the northwestern tribal areas. Security has since improved though scattered attacks still take place.
In September this year, a suicide bomber targeted a mosque in Mohmand Agency’s Anbar tehsil during Friday prayers, leaving at least 24 people dead.
Courtesy : Dawn News