`Top Taliban leaders among 30 militants killed`

Last Updated: Friday, March 5, 2010 - 20:46

Peshawar: Several top Taliban leaders were
believed to be among 30 militants killed when Pakistani
gunship helicopters bombed militants hideouts in the lawless
Mohmand tribal region near the Afghan border today.

At least 30 militants were killed and 15 others
injured in the air strikes in Pandiali area of Mohmand Agency,
sources close to the security forces said.

Two sons of top Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan commander
Maulvi Faqir Muhammad were reportedly killed in the
bombardment, the sources said.

However, a spokesman for the Frontier Corps declined
to comment on reports about the killing of the militants.

Local political authorities confirmed that the
militant hideouts were shelled but said they did not have
details about the number of militants killed.

Sources close to the Taliban said the sons of Maulvi
Faqir Muhammad and some militants from Bajaur were present in
the Pandiali area at the time of the air strikes.

Reports on some TV news channels said Maulvi Faqir
Muhammad and Qari Ziaur Rehman were also killed but the
sources close to the Taliban said the presence of these
commanders in the area could not be confirmed.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 5, 2010 - 20:46

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