Peshawar, Nov 15 : Pakistan security forces pounded the hideouts of suspected militants and criminals in villages located on the boundary between Peshawar and Mohmand Agency with gunship helicopters and artillery, killing 20 militants and injuring 15 others.
"At least, 20 militants were killed and 10-15 others injured in Badi Koruna, Zarif Koruna, Shno Ghundai, Ayeshakor areas of Shabqadar," Capital City Police Officer Mohammad Suleman said on Friday.
He said the miscreants had suffered setbacks and were on the run as security forces had captured the house of a top militant commander, Raheel.
Curfew remained in force in villages on both sides of Warsak Road, Michni, Mathra, parts of Shabqadar, Regi and disputed villages of Charsadda for the fourth consecutive day on Friday. Thousands of people in dozens of curfew clamped villages suffered due to shortage of food items and other facilities.
Troops of the Pakistan Army, the Frontier Corps and contingents of the Frontier Police moved to take over key positions, The News reported.
Gunship helicopters targeted an explosive-laden vehicle that resulted in the death of at least six miscreants.
The hideouts of several militant commanders were destroyed in Shno Ghundai, Juma Khan Koruna, Rashakai, Qila Shah Beg, Dub Koruna and other areas. It was also learnt that a security man and a local student were killed during the clashes. A number of suspected militants were also arrested from different areas.
Security forces had launched the operation in these areas after the law and order situation in the provincial capital took an ugly turn. It is believed that people from Michni, Mathra, Matani and Badaber were creating law and order problem for the security forces.