ISLAMABAD - Security forces have killed six people in Rajgal valley of Khyber Agency near the Afghan border in the new offensive against militants in the area, the military said.

All six of those killed in the offensive in the Khyber region were terrorists, the military said in a statement late on Sunday.

The army launched air and ground operations in the Rajgal valley, about 90 km west of Peshawar, last week, the latest leg of an offensive against the Pakistani Taliban and its allies that began in 2014.

Meanwhile, ISPR said yesterday that security forces had killed 40 terrorists and destroyed 43 hideouts through aerial strikes and ground offensive since the start of Operation Khyber 3, which began last week in the Rajgal area of Tirah Valley.

It said security forces had occupied passes and were now consolidating their positions up at high mountains in Rajgal. During search in Damo Drub, huge cache of arms and ammo including IEDs were recovered on Monday.

Khyber Operation aims at effectively checking and guarding against terrorists’ movement along high mountains and all-weather passes. According to official sources, the security forces were raiding different areas including Karachi, Quetta and tribal areas and had arrested scores of terrorists and their facilitators over the past few days. During the operations, a huge cache of arms and ammunitions has also been recovered.

In Balochistan, the security forces killed three terrorists in a combing operation in mountainous area of Hub district on Monday.

Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the killed terrorist.

In the continuing operation, six facilitators of terrorists were arrested in Thall area of Hangu on Monday.

The official said that the security forces are fully aware of threat posed by the hostile foreign agencies and operation has been intensified to break their network especially in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi.

The Pakistani offensive has squeezed some groups into small pockets of territory, while others have fled over the border into lawless areas of eastern Afghanistan.

Nevertheless, the militants are still capable of launching deadly attacks across Pakistan.

A bomb attack on a crowd in a hospital courtyard in Quetta on Aug. 8 killed more than 70 people, the deadliest attack in Pakistan since 2014.

The attacks would “effectively check and guard against terrorists movement along high mountains and all-weather passes”, the army said.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have accused each other repeatedly of not doing enough to stop the movement of militants across the border.

Pakistan has been battling the Pakistani Taliban, an umbrella organisation of hardline Islamist groups, since its inception in 2007.

The Pakistani Taliban are allied with but separate from the Afghan Taliban.