Pak troops kill 11 militants, destroy rebel hideouts
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 19:19
Islamabad/Peshawar: The Pakistani military killed 11 militants during operations in the country's restive tribal belt and destroyed several rebel hideouts, authorities said today.

Six militants were killed in fighting over the past 24 hours in South Waziristan. Eight soldiers, including two officers, were injured in this region, the military said.

Five militants were killed and several rebel hideouts destroyed during heavy shelling by security forces in Shahshoo village and surrounding areas in the Kurram tribal region bordering Afghanistan, official sources said.

The shelling continued for hours, said witnesses.

Militants fleeing the areas around Shahshoo had begun constructing hideouts in adjacent mountains in central Kurram Agency. Official sources said the operation against the militants will continue till they are eliminated.

Militants from the Khyber, Orakzai and Waziristan tribal regions, where the army is conducting operations, have taken shelter in Kurram Agency. However, a tribal elder of Kurram Agency said it would not be possible to eliminate the militants without the support of local tribesmen.

In South Waziristan, two soldiers and an officer were injured when militants targeted them with an improvised explosive device while they were patrolling the Jandola- Siplatoi road.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 19:19

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