Pak troops kill 5 militants in operations in SWaziristan
Last Updated: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 20:48
Islamabad: Pakistani troops killed five militants while a soldier was injured during operations against the Taliban in South Waziristan, the military said on Sunday.

The militants were killed when a gun battle erupted while soldiers were conducting a search operation at villages near the former Taliban stronghold of Sararogha, the military said.

A soldier was injured and 10 IEDs defused during the operation.

Troops continued consolidating their positions around the militant base of Kaniguram and also carried out clearance operations in several villages around the Taliban hub of Makeen.

During one of these operations at Abdullah Noor Kas near Kotkai, soldiers cleared 20 militant compounds and 14 caves.

The army mobilised over 30,000 troops last month for Operation Rah-e-Nijat (Path to Salvation), which is aimed at flushing out an estimated 10,000 militants from South Waziristan.

The army says about 585 militants and more than 65 soldiers have died so far in fighting in South Waziristan though these figures cannot be independently verified as reporters have no access to the conflict zone.

Security forces also continued search and clearance operations in the northwestern Swat valley, where four suspects were apprehended while four militants surrendered to authorities.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, November 22, 2009, 20:48

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