13 died in Pak military operations
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 22:25
Peshawar: Three soldiers and 10 militants died on Wednesday in clashes between security forces and insurgents in tribal regions surrounding this north-western Pakistan city, taking the total number of rebels killed in an operation in the region to 40.

Security forces claimed they had cleared Pastawana area of militants.

Besides the three soldiers killed in the clashes, four others were injured.

The troops had earlier killed 30 rebels in the tribal areas near Peshawar.

Army soldiers, paramilitary personnel and members of local anti-Taliban are participating in the operations launched on September 18.

After clearing the area of the militants, security forces recovered 25 improvised explosive devices, rocket launchers, mortars and an explosive-laden vehicle prepared for a suicide attack.

The troops also destroyed scores of rebel hideouts.

The operation has focused on Bora, Hassan Khel and Pastanai areas.

It was launched after authorities received information that militants were regrouping in the area and making plans to launch subversive activities in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.


First Published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 22:25

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