31st jan report PESHAWAR: Eight security officials were killed while 15 sustained injuries when militants attacked a military check post in the Jogi area of central Kurram Agency on Tuesday. Officials claimed to have killed over 30 militants in retaliation. A security official confirmed the casualties and told The Express Tribune that scores of militants attacked a newly-formed security post in the Jogi area, in which the security forces had entered after a fierce a battle last week. â€œThe security forces had entered a zone which is considered to be a stronghold of militants. It was a counter attack,â€ he said. Helicopters gunships pounded the area and the clash lasted for hours. Additional troops also joined the combat. â€œWe killed 35 militants in aerial and ground operations,â€ confirmed officials. â€œThe militant attack was forcibly revolted,â€ they said. The Kurram operation has been a lengthy one, for it shares boundaries with Orakzai Agency and North Waziristan on the Pak-Afghan border, making the terrain more difficult to control. The government has managed to reopen the Thall-Parachinar Highway after a span of almost three years. The recent operation was launched to keep the â€œfragile peace truceâ€ intact and the road open.