Some 34 militants have been killed in Darra Adamkhel in security forces operation against militants who hijacked four civilian trucks carrying supplies and ammunition.
Heavy shelling has been taking place with artillery and gunship helicopters while militants claim to have taken control of Zarghoonkhel checkpost.
The entire area has been cordoned off as the situation remains tense. Earlier, 6 hired civilian trucks were on the Indus Highway when they were attacked by militants and four of them were hijacked and driven away to an unknown destination.
After the failure of negotiations by the political administration, the army is reported to be heading towards the village of Akhurwal — where they suspect two of the stolen ammunition trucks were unloaded.
The ISPR says that this assault is aimed at recovering the trucks and clearing the area of militants.