Nine terrorists were killed during search operation, launched by security forces in the border area of South and North Waziristan.

According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), search operation was launched against militants. The clash nine terrorists were killed and four security men embraced shahadat (martyrdom).

Security forces are advancing in far-flung areas of South Waziristan. They have taken control of most of the strongholds of Taliban in the areas.

The sources said security personnel were facing resistance in some areas and sporadic incidents of attacks and exchange of fire were taking place.

The semi-autonomous tribal areas on the Afghan border have for years been a hideout for militants of all stripes, including Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban as well as foreign fighters such as Uzbeks and Uighurs.