13 pro-Taliban rebels and a policeman killed in clashes in Pak

Thirteen pro-Taliban rebels and a policeman were killed when Pakistani police raided militant positions in the country`s troubled northwest and recovered a group of abducted teachers and government officials.

Updated: Dec 09, 2010, 00:14 AM IST

Peshawar: Thirteen pro-Taliban rebels and
a policeman were killed when Pakistani police raided militant
positions in the country`s troubled northwest and recovered a
group of abducted teachers and government officials.

Several militants abducted five school teachers, three
officials and a driver from Sarband area and tried to move
them to the nearby Orakzai tribal region.

Policemen chased the kidnappers and engaged militant
positions in a skirmish that lasted eight hours, Hangu
district police chief Abdur Rashid Khan said to a news agency.

The abducted persons were safely recovered, Khan said.
A policeman was also injured in the exchange of fire.

In a separate development, security forces recovered
the body of a local tribesman in Gazdarra area of Hangu
district.

Officials said they had also arrested eight suspects
during a search operation in the area.

In the restive Swat district, security forces shot
dead three militants in Shakardarra after receiving a tip-off
that rebels were present in the area.

The troops challenged the militants, who opened fire.
The militants were killed in retaliatory action by the
troops, officials said.

PTI