Taliban commander among nine militants killed in Pak
Last Updated: Sunday, June 27, 2010, 21:10
  
Peshawar: Nine Taliban fighters, including a commander, were gunned down by security forces during clashes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the nearby tribal belt in northwest Pakistan today, officials said.

Eight militants were killed during a clash with troops in Mohmand tribal region.

Taliban commander Fazal Raheem was shot dead during a gun battle in the Swat valley, officials said.

Under US pressure, Pakistan launched a military offensive in May last year against militants and pushed them out of the Taliban bastion of Swat.

Pakistani security forces have flushed out the Taliban from many parts of the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan and the army is expected to move into North Waziristan.

The Pakistani military claims it has killed nearly 1,000 militants since an offensive was launched in Orakzai Agency earlier this year though the figure cannot be independently confirmed as journalists are barred from the conflict zone.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, June 27, 2010, 21:10


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