The Pakistani forces have increased their fire power in the country's north western tribal areas in their efforts to regain control of the region.
The military says 11 fighters have been killed in their operations to clear the area from the Taliban and secure the crucial road that connects Kurram Agnecy to the rest of the country.
The road from Parachinar, the administrative distract in Kurram, has been closed off for almost three years due to a sectarian violence and increased presence of the Taliban fighters. Convoys have repeatedly been attacked and travelers have been taken hostage.
The local population in Parachinar has criticized the Pakistani army for not doing enough to ensure their safety.