According to army forces, Kotkai has fallen into military hands after three days of intense aerial bombardment Twelve militants and three soldiers have been reported dead in the final stages of the Kotkai takeover.
In related news, security agencies have captured two men believed to be the highest ranking members of the Punjabi Taliban and are considered the master minds behind the Rawalpindi GHQ attacks as well as others in Lahore. It is also thought that these two men served as the links between the Punjab and Waziristan branches of the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) Pakistan.
In Bajaur, 18 suspected militants were killed when US drone strikes targeted an ongoing TTP shura. It is reported that the TTP deputy in chief Maulana Faqir had left the area just ten minutes before the attacks.