Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

By The Poly Post

Pakistani armed forces say they have captured the town of Kotkai
on Saturday, the hometown of Taliban Chief Hakimullah Mehsud and
one of his top officers, Qari Hussain.

This comes after a week-long battle was launched on Monday, in
part of an operation to curb the influence of the Taliban in South
Waziristan. The operation began the previous Saturday when
Pakistani forces approached from three separate areas of South
Waziristan. Pakistan plans to trap Taliban within the area while
approaching the towns of Makeen and Ladha, both of which are major
Taliban strongholds.

Major General Athar Abbas, the chief spokesman for the military,
said at a news briefing that “we have complete control of Kotkai, a
stronghold of the terrorists, where most of the houses had been
converted into strong bunkers. This is a very important development
tactically.”

So far, Pakistani officials have reported that 163 militants
have been killed, while the military sustained 23 casualties.
However, there was no independent confirmation for the tolls.

The entire area has been closed off, but there have been recent
acts of violence which have officials worried. In recent weeks,
Pakistan has seen attacks on police centers, military headquarters
and a UN building. There have also been five attacks on an Islamic
university in Islamabad, the capital.

It has been reported that over 21,000 civilian families, an
estimated 153,000 individuals, have fled South Waziristan, and have
taken refuge in the North-West Frontier Province.

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

Pakistani army seizes Taliban stronghold after week-long battle

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

You May Also Like

College of Engineering hosts lecture series

By Guadalupe Pinedo The College of Engineering has been committed to providing students with ...

Red Folder an opportunity to help students

By Daniel Flores The Red Folder, an informational guide given to faculty and staff ...

Faculty and staff attend diversity workshop

By Jessica Wang Cal Poly Pomona faculty gathered for a talk by a prominent ...