Two Pak officers and nine soldiers killed in fierce battle

In one of the deadliest encounters, nine Pak soldiers including two officers were killed in fierce fighting.

Updated: May 10, 2010, 19:46 PM IST

Peshawar: In one of the deadliest
encounters, nine Pakistani soldiers including two officers
were killed in fierce fighting in Orakzai tribal agency in the
country`s northwest which also left 37 terrorists dead.

The fighting was triggered when hundreds of heavily
armed Taliban fighters stormed a check post at Mashti Mela in
Orakzai Agency raking it with heavy fire from all sides
killing nine security personnels and wounding five more.

Military officials described the battle near Daburi as
the most fierce and in the sharp exchanges which lasted for
more than two hours, Paramilitary Frontier Corps killed 37
militants and injured forty five, official sources said.

More than 8,000 Pakistani forces are currently
undertaking a combing operation in the Orakzai and nearby
Bajaur tribal region, where large number of Taliban militants
are suspected to be have taken shelter to hide from the Army`s
ongoing offensive in the Waziristan region.

Orakzai is the stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban
chief Hakimullah Mehsud, who recently re-surfaced in video
campaigns after US and Pakistani intelligence had announced
his killing in a drone attack in January.

In the operations in progress for the past few months,
Pakistani forces have claimed to have killed at least 600
militants. Troops have also razed over 65 militant bases,
including 13 training centres.

The figures cannot be independently confirmed as
journalists have virtually no access to the conflict zone.

PTI