PESHAWAR: Five Taliban militants, including a key commander, were killed today during clashes with the security forces that also left a Major and a soldier dead in Pakistan's restive northwestern tribal region.
The clashes took place in Utmankhel area of Lower Orakzai Agency during an intelligence-based operation by security forces, the army said in a statement.
Five Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan terrorists, including commander Shah Dauran, were killed by the security forces. During clashes, Major Mudassir and Sepoy Matiullah were killed.
The security forces arrested several terrorists from the area when a search operation was conduction after cordon-off.
Heavy arms and ammunition were recovered from the possession of terrorists.
Orakzai is one of Pakistan's seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where the Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants are said to have carved out strongholds.
Pakistan last month launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad to clean the country of remnants of militants after dismantling their hideouts in remote tribal region.