9 militants, 4 soldiers killed in Waziristan clashes in Pak
Last Updated: Thursday, August 27, 2009, 22:17
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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 27, 2009, 22:17

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