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ISLAMABAD: Two suicide blasts by the Ansarul Islam (AI) and bombardment from military jets claimed the lives of at least 33 militants, including a key commander of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and injured many in Khyber tribal region, sources said yesterday.
Militants of the banned TTP occupied a centre of the Ansarul Islam in Bagh-Maidan area of Khyber tribal region’s Tirah valley on Mar 18.
A hidden suicide bomber blew himself up killing and injuring several militants. Another suicide bomber detonated his explosives during rescue efforts for the victims of the first blast.
Twenty-five militants, including a key militant commander of the TTP, were killed in the two blasts whereas many were injured.
A few hours later Pakistan military jets bombarded a nearby area killing eight more suspected militants.
Tribal sources reported 33 militants as dead and numerous others as injured in all three attacks.
Most of the victims were associated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militants organisation, sources added.
At least 60 suspected militants were taken into custody by security forces from Darra Adamkhel over involvement in the Taliban’s Mar 17 attack on the Judicial Complex in Peshawar.