Islamabad: Pakistani security forces and
tribal militias killed 11 militants and captured 20 others
during operations in the restive Malakand division and
At least three rebels were killed during an exchange
of fire today between police and militants in Buner district,
which is part of Malakand division. The militants lobbed
grenades at a police vehicle, partially damaging it.
The policemen retaliated against the attack and shot
dead three militants. Two of the militants belonged to Swat,
TV news channels reported.
Six suspected militants were arrested during a search
operation jointly carried out by security forces and police in
Lower Dir district, officials said. The security personnel
also seized heavy weapons, rockets, ammunition and documents
on bomb-making during the search.
Eight militants were killed and 14 more captured
during search and clearance operations in Malakand division,
the military said in a statement.
Security forces killed three militants, including an
expert in making bombs, during a search at Goratai in Swat.
Another militant was killed and arms and ammunition were
recovered during an operation near Barikot, also in Swat.
In Dir district, which too is part of Malakand
division, four militants including a commander named Shakoor
were killed during an operation by a lashkar or tribal militia
and the Frontier Corps.