Islamabad: At least nine militants and
four soldiers were killed in a fresh clash in Pakistan`s
restive South Waziristan tribal region, as security forces
backed by helicopter gunships pounded Taliban hideouts,
officials said on Thursday.
The clash took place yesterday in the stronghold of a
senior Taliban commander in the tribal area, an intelligence
official and an army officer said.
Troops backed by helicopter gunships targeted militant
hideouts in the region, the Dawn News reported. The officials
spoke on condition of anonymity.
The fighting came two days after two Taliban
commanders acknowledged that their chief, Baitullah Mehsud,
had died following an August 5 US missile strike in the South
Waziristan tribal region.
Taliban members say they have selected Hakimullah
Mehsud as the group`s new leader.