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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

A captain and 11 soldiers of the Pakistan Army have been killed in a major terror attack on security forces in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of the country. Reports suggest some civilians working in the region have taken hostage by the terrorists. The deceased officer has been identified as Captain Abdul Basit. Nearly 15 soldiers have reportedly been injured in the attack.

The Pakistan Army has mounted a retaliatory operation in Khurram region. According to local media reports, Capt Basit was leading a Pakistan Army rescue mission.

Besides this, six telecom workers have been abducted by the terrorists are being held hostage by Hafiz Daulat Khan.

Quoting the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistani news channel Geo TV reported that three terrorists were killed in the “intense exchange of fire” and a cordon-and-search operation is on. ISPR is the Pakistan military’s media wing.

The operation was conducted after security forces had received reports of terrorists’ presence in the area, ISPR reportedly said in a statement.