33 militants killed as Taliban attack Pak security checkposts

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 14:37

Peshawar: Hundreds of heavily armed Taliban
fighters attacked Pakistani security forces checkposts at two
places near the Afghan border triggering fierce gun battles
which left five soldiers and 33 militants dead.

Paramilitary Frontier Corps personnel repelled the attack
in which Taliban fighters used suicide bombers, rockets and
assault rifles to overwhelm the security forces checkpost in
Jansi area of Khyber tribal region.

Officials said Five Frontier Corps personnel were killed
and about 15 others injured in the attack.

The security forces killed 25 militants while repulsing
the attack, they said. The troops also destroyed an
explosives-laden vehicle when it attempted to enter the camp.

In a separate incident, eight militants were killed and
five hideouts destroyed when helicopter gunships targeted
rebel hideouts in Sherin Dara, Baizot, Kokdara, Charo Kalay
and Mirobak areas of Orakzai tribal region, sources said.

Pakistani forces have recently been continuously
targeting the militants in Orakzai Agency where they believe
that Taliban and foreign fighters are sheltering to get away
from Army offensive in the neighbouring South Waziristan.

Officials have claimed that over 150 militants have been
killed in the area though the figure cannot be independently
verified as journalists are barred from reporting from the
conflict zone.

The big military push on Orakzai came even as US drones
launched fresh missile attacks in North Waziristan tribal
region killing six militants.

Two missile attacks, one hour apart reaped through an
abandoned school near the town of Mir Ali killing six
militants.

The identities of the dead were not clear and it was also
not known whether they included any high value targets. North
Waziristan is a known stronghold of the Haqqani network and
Afghan warlord Hafiz Gul Bahadur.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 14:37

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