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Lakki Marwat: A Hotbed of Militancy, Claims Six Security Forces Lives

Published | June 09,2024

By | TKD Team

Lakki Marwat: A Hotbed of Militancy, Claims Six Security Forces Livesimage

Image Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

On June 9, 2024, at approximately 1110 hours, a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in the Sultan Khel area of Lakki Marwat district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, claimed the lives of six security forces personnel, including an officer. One personnel was injured in the attack.

The IED explosion was followed by a fire raid on the security forces' vehicle, which was en route to Kachi Kamar, Surband Post in the district. Communication with the Quick Response Force (QRF) team was lost following the attack and an exchange of fire continued from both sides.

The attack was claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) through its unofficial media channel, which typically carries the group's attack claims. The TTP claimed that the attack was a two-pronged assault, in which the security forces' vehicle was initially targeted with a landmine, followed by a subsequent firing raid.

Lakki Marwat, considered one of the most security-risky districts in south Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has witnessed consistent attacks by Pakistani Taliban factions, including the TTP and Hafiz Gul Bahadur, targeting security forces and police. The district's remote and inaccessible terrain poses significant challenges for law enforcement agencies to respond swiftly to attacks and counter-militant activity. The district's borders with other restive areas, including North Waziristan, Dera Ismail Khan, and Tank, further exacerbate the security concerns.

Security forces have been carrying out Intelligence-Based Operations (IBOs) in the district to counter and contain the activities of various Pakistani Taliban factions. Meanwhile, the Taliban has been continually deploying their fighting units, known as Tashkeels, to the district, in an attempt to maintain their presence and exert influence in the district. This ongoing cat-and-mouse game between security forces and the Taliban highlights the complex nature of the security situation that has plagued the district.