الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

Pakistan forces 'kill five Taliban'

A Pakistani army soldier stands guard outside the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, 19 December 2014The Pakistan military has stepped up attacks on the Taliban since the Peshawar school massacre

Pakistani security forces have attacked Taliban positions in two operations near Peshawar, killing five fighters, the military says.

The operation comes days after the Taliban stormed a Peshawar school, killing 141 people, mostly children.

Pakistan is on alert, with security stepped up at prisons following the execution of jailed militants.

There are fears that Taliban may attack prisons to free militants due to be executed.

Pakistan decided to lift a moratorium on executions in response to Tuesday’s school attack.

The first executions were carried out on Friday, among them a former soldier sentenced for attacking the army headquarters in 2009.

A renewed offensive against insurgents was launched following the Peshawar school attack.

Nato air strikes also killed five militants in eastern Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border, according to a statement on Saturday from the International Security Assistance Forces (Isaf).

It added that Isaf commander General Campbell was invited to take part in high-level talks with Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif.

Map showing recent Taliban and TTP attacks

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