Peshawar: Continuing its crackdown on
Taliban militants in the volatile tribal region close to
Afghanistan, Pakistan army used ground and air attacks killed
50 militants, as the rebels struck back wiping out a
pro-government tribal leader, along with his wife and son.
Using helicopter gunships and heavy guns, the Army
pounded militant hideouts at Dabori and Ghiljo, killing 15
militants and wounding 15 more, security sources said. Five
militant hideouts were destroyed in the bombardment.
The security forces also shelled Kasha area, a
stronghold of the Taliban near the border with Afghanistan,
killing another 25 militants. Ten militants were killed in
combing operations in nearby areas.
A soldier also died in the exchange of fire in the
encounter, in which 15 other militants were injured.
Armed with automatic rifles and grenades, Taliban
fighters stormed the home of a pro-government tribal elder
Mullah Malik Tor, killing him, his wife and son and later blew
up his house.
"Mullah Tor and his family died in the attack, while
another woman was injured," Bajaur Agency`s Assistant
Political Agent Muhammad Jamil Khan said.
Tor had recently raised an anti-Taliban militia in the
Chaharmang valley and had returned to the area recently after
army cleared it of Taliban hideouts.
Security officials have claimed that over 700
militants have been killed since the army launched an
offensive against the Taliban in Orakzai Agency earlier this