15 militants killed in Pak
Last Updated: Friday, December 11, 2009, 00:08
Peshawar/Islamabad: Fifteen militants and a soldier were killed in fresh clashes in Pakistan's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan as troops continued their push against Taliban strongholds in Waziristan, authorities said on Thursday.

Security forces killed 10 militants in intense clashes in Bara sub-division of the Khyber tribal region.

Officials of the Frontier Corps said the clashes erupted while troops were conducting a search operation in Baz Ghara area of Bara.

Many militants were injured and four rebel hideouts were destroyed during the action.

A large quantity of arms and ammunition was also seized, the officials said.

Troops have been conducting operations against the banned Lashkar-e-Islam in Bara, the main route for truck ferrying supplies to US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

In South Waziristan tribal region, a soldier was killed and another injured during a skirmish at Khassadar ridge in Shakai sector.

Five militants were killed near Kaniguram in the same sector, the military said.

Troops destroyed the houses of several militants at Barwand in Shakai sector, including the home of commander Wali-ur-Rehman, a key lieutenant of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

In Razmak sector of Waziristan, troops captured a suspect near Mana and cleared several militant-held villages.

The troops also uncovered an ammunition factory, a 50-foot tunnel and 10 bunkers built by the Taliban.

Security forces also cleared 30 militant-held compounds at several places in Jandola sector. In the northwestern Swat valley, security forces captured three suspects at several places while a militant surrendered to authorities.


First Published: Friday, December 11, 2009, 00:08

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