Pro-Taliban militants fire rockets at security forces camp
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 20:15
Peshawar: Pro-Taliban militants fired four rockets at a security forces camp in the restive Aurakzai tribal region in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday after at least 21 rebels were killed in artillery shelling and air strikes by gunship helicopters.

The rockets landed close to the camp at Kalaya, one of the main towns of Aurakzai Agency, security officials said, adding there were no reports of casualties.

Earlier in the day, security forces used heavy artillery to pound militant positions at three places in Aurakzai Agency.

Eleven militants were killed in the barrage, official sources said.

Ten more militants were killed when gunship helicopters pounded Taliban positions in Story Khel, Anjani and Sultanzai areas.

At least 15 militants were also injured during today?s actions, the official sources said.

Five militant hideouts, a bunker, an ammunition dump and a terrorist training centre were destroyed.

The casualty figures could not be independently verified as journalists are barred from reporting from the conflict zone.

The official sources also said the militants were on the run and the security forces had captured the Shantana area from the Taliban.

Pakistani troops recently launched an operation in Aurakzai Agency, where several groups, including the Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam, are active.


First Published: Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 20:15

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