13 Taliban militants gunned down in Pak by tribal militia
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 23:55
Peshawar: Thirteen Taliban militants were gunned down and seven more captured by a 'lashkar' or tribal militia while the rebels were trying to abduct some persons in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, official sources said.

Armed members of the lashkar opened fire at two vehicles in which the militants were travelling to foil the attempted kidnapping in Barizone area of Kurram tribal region.

The militants belonged to a faction of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan led by Mullah Toofan.

The lashkar encircled the vehicles from all sides before firing at the militants. Thirteen rebels were killed instantly while seven more were captured after being injured. The captured militants were taken by the militia to an unknown location.

Local residents said the militants had come to the area to abduct some persons.

Soon after the clash, the militants mounted an attack on a security check post at Ghlo Ghundi in Kurram Agency and injured two security personnel.

The two sides exchanged fire for several hours.

In a separate development, 38 pro-Taliban militants, including one of the most wanted rebels in the Bajaur tribal region, surrendered to the government in northwest Pakistan today, officials said.


First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 23:55

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