Pakistan military rescues 5 telecom workers kidnapped near Afghan border

By Saud Mehsud

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan’s navy rescued 5 telecommunications employees kidnapped by Islamist militants final month near the Afghan border in a collection of operations by which two troopers have been killed, the navy mentioned on Friday.

Northwest Pakistan’s border areas have develop into comparatively peaceable after years of violence however Pakistani Taliban militants have been extra lively lately amid concern that surging violence in Afghanistan will spill over the frontier.

No group claimed duty for the kidnapping of 16 males putting in a cell phone tower within the Kurram ethnic Pashtun tribal district on June 26.

Ten of the employees have been later launched however one man was beheaded and the militants demanded a ransom for the final 5.

“To rescue the remaining 5 kidnapped labourers, safety forces launched collection of intelligence primarily based operations in extremely inhospitable terrain beneath excessive climate situations,” the navy mentioned in a press release.

The rescue was on Thursday. The navy didn’t say which militants group it believed was behind the kidnapping however mentioned civilians within the space absolutely supported “the safety forces in preventing the menace of terrorism”.

Communities alongside the border have lately been holding rallies to name on the federal government to guard them from Pakistani Taliban militants who over the previous 12 months have fashioned an alliance with different outlawed teams.

The militants have launched a collection of assaults on the Pakistani safety forces, authorities officers and suspected collaborators, in addition to kidnapping and extorting cash, authorities officers say.

Three troopers have been killed when militants attacked a checkpost close to the border on July 5. The Pakistani Taliban, or Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed duty.

Pakistan has mentioned the Pakistani militants might reap the benefits of rising instability in Afghanistan and function alongside the border extra freely because the Afghan Taliban take floor from authorities forces.

Afghanistan has for years accused the Pakistani navy of offering covert assist for the Afghan Taliban. Pakistan denies that.

(Writing by Umar Farooq; Enhancing by Robert Birsel)

Pakistan military rescues 5 telecom workers kidnapped near Afghan border

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