8 Pak soldiers killed in Taliban ambush

Last Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 18:16

Peshawar: Taliban, in a sudden upsurge of
violence, carried out ambushes on Pakistani forces near the
Afghan border killing eight soldiers even as a suicide bomber
hit a police station in nearby lawless South Waziristan.

The ambush by Taliban near check points in troubled
Aurakzai tribal region triggered running gunbattles in which
nine militants were also killed and security forces nabbed 62
others during the operations over the past two days, officials
said.

The Taliban upsurge came after a brief lull and
security officials suspect that large number of militants had
taken shelter in the area after fleeing the army advance in
south Waziristan.

Eight soldiers were killed and two injured while
repulsing an assault by a group of militants on a security
check post in Chapri Feroz Khel area of Aurakzai Agency.

In retaliation, security forces shot dead nine
militants and arrested 22 others during a search operation in
Khewdad Khel area. Two security personnel were also injured in
the shootout, officials said.

Meanwhile, a suicide bomber struck a police station in
Tank district near the lawless South Waziristan tribal region,
killing a boy and injuring three others.

The bomber targeted the police station in Gomal,
located 20 km from Tank city on the road to South Waziristan,
police said, adding the boy who was passing by the area was
killed and three others were injured.

The police station collapsed due to the blast and
officials said they feared the toll could rise as the rubble
was still being cleared.

Forty more militants have been arrested in operations
conducted during the past two days. The arrested militants
were and taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 18:16

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