Tor Chappar falls to Pakistani army, 55 militants killed

By Zahir Shah


KOHAT- The main headquarters and stronghold of the Dara Adamkhel Taliban February 21 fell to Pakistani security forces in the rugged Frontier Region Dara Adamkhel valley bordering Kohat and Peshawar, officials said.

Security forces overran Tor Chappar, capping an operation that began January 27, Col. Shahid, operation commander for the area, said February 21.

Troops killed more than 55 militants and arrested dozens of others, he said. However, troops are searching for others who might have escaped, he said.

Dara Adamkhel is operational headquarters for the Tariq Afridi group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which is behind most attacks in settled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of the country. It also is involved in high-profile kidnappings of foreigners.

Militants used Tor Chappar as a strategic point for shuttling between Orakzai Agency and Dara Adamkhel, Shahid said.

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