6 militants killed, five injured in South Waziristan
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 20:53
Islamabad: Six militants were killed and four injured in air strikes by Pakistani jets in the Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan on Tuesday while two soldiers were injured in a raid by rebels in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

The warplanes struck militant hideouts at several places in South Waziristan Agency, including Makeen, one of the main bases of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan. TV news channels quoted sources as saying that six militants were killed and four injured in the bombardment.

In North Waziristan Agency, two soldiers were injured when militants attacked a check post with mortars and rockets.

The Pakistan Army is reportedly gearing up for a major offensive in South Waziristan against Taliban militants behind a wave of deadly suicide bombings, including yesterday’s attack on the office of the UN food agency that killed five persons.

Chief military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas today said an operation against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in the tribal areas had become "inevitable".

"According to our analysis, the root of the terror is in South Waziristan where this group is present. It is a must to root out this terror and for this purpose an operation in this area is inevitable," he said.

"If we do not launch this operation then terrorism will become strong and spread to other areas," Abbas said to news channel.

The security forces also continued their search and clearance operations in the Swat valley and other parts of Malakand division, where 10 suspected militants were apprehended at Taghan and Maira areas.

Eight militants surrendered to security forces at Barshaur, Biha and Chuprial while outlawed Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Muhammadi commander Badshah Zeb alias Gorkai Mullah surrendered to troops in Dir area, also part of Malakand division.

Meanwhile, air force chief Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman said his force will work in synchronization with the army to ensure the success of operations against militants.

Addressing an event at Air Headquarters attended by top officers, Suleman appreciated efforts made by field commanders for successful operations in Swat and the tribal belt.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2009, 20:53

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