31 Taliban militants killed, 28 nabbed in NW Pakistan
Last Updated: Monday, July 27, 2009, 19:09
Islamabad: At least 31 Taliban were killed and 28 more arrested in Pakistan's troubled northwest, as the authorities on Monday opened investigations into alleged links between arrested radical cleric Maulana Sufi Mohammad and militants active in the lawless region.

A 'lashkar' or tribal militia killed 10 militants and apprehended six more during a search operation at several places in Dir district, which is part of the restive Malakand division. Security forces captured six suspects during an operation at Awishah in Dir, the military said.

Officials of the paramilitary Frontier Corps told TV news channels that 20 militants were killed in an operation conducted in the Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal region.

Four rebel hideouts and 12 vehicles were also destroyed during the operation.

In the Mohmand tribal region, seven militants surrendered to the civil administration, the military statement said.

The federal government today formed an investigation team to probe whether Sufi, who had brokered a now-defunct peace deal between the militants and authorities in the Swat valley, aided the Taliban. Sufi was arrested along with his three sons from the outskirts of the provincial capital of Peshawar yesterday after he chaired a meeting of his banned group.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, July 27, 2009, 19:09

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