The gun battle occurred in Feroze Khel town in Orakzai Agency as security forces advanced into militant strongholds. The militants are on the run and finding no place to hide, a security official said.
Troops gunned down 48 militants at three different places in Orakzai Agency yesterday. Two security personnel also died in the fighting.
Security forces claim to have killed over Taliban militants since an offensive was launched last month to flush rebels out of the region.
The figure cannot be independently confirmed as journalists are barred from reporting from the conflict zone.
Peshawar: At least 16 Taliban militants were killed and a security personnel was injured on Friday in a clash in the volatile Orakzai tribal region of northwest Pakistan, official sources said.
First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010, 13:52