ISLAMABAD: On Wednesday, the army attacked a militant hideout near the Afghan border, resulting in a firefight that killed eight people. of rebels and two children and wounded two soldiers, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
It was not clear whose fire killed two children during the raid on outpost in South Waziristan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Manzoor Pashtin, leader of Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), group protection for Pashtun rights in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa argued that children were killed in drone attack is a statement that military refuted.
جنوبی وزیرستان زنگاڑہ کے علاقے میں ایک دُکان پر ڈرون حملہ۔
بچے دکان کے objective
— Manzoor Pashteen (@ManzoorPashteen) March 15, 2023
Host Amir Abbas confirmed the death as result of “drone attack”, citing “local sources.” He tweeted: “Deaths confirmed. [by the ISPR] while the drone attack No”.
Local sources confirmed that it was a drone. attack while ISPR has just said it was an exchange of fire during the operation and two innocent children died. Deaths confirmed while the drone attack not confirmed by ISPR https://t.co/1ynvub1RH5
— Amir Abbas (@ameerabbas84) March 15, 2023
military, in his statement about violence, did not name the militant group to which the slain rebels belonged.
South Waziristan served as a base for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militants until a few years ago the army claimed to have cleared region of rebels. But isolated attacks continued.
TTP is a separate rebel group from the Afghan Taliban, although Pakistani militant groups are often linked with those who are abroad in Afghanistan.