Pak forces kill 33 militants, capture 11

Islamabad: Pakistani security forces killed 33 militants and captured 11 more during operations in the restive Swat valley and the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, authorities said on Friday.

Twenty-seven militants, including two commanders, were killed during an operation by security forces in the troubled Tirah valley of Khyber tribal region, the Frontier Corps said in a statement.

Troops also destroyed two militant hideouts and 19 vehicles, including an explosives-laden car, in Tirah.

Three militants were killed and two others arrested by security forces during a search operation at Nawagai in Bajaur tribal agency, officials said. Another militant was arrested in Charmang while two others were injured in a skirmish, they said.

Troops apprehended a would-be suicide attacker in Khar sub-division while a foreign militant was arrested in Totakal in Bajaur Agency.

Security forces blew up the home of a prominent militant commander. Officials said over 60 suspects have been arrested during recent operations across Bajaur Agency.

As troops continued search and clearance operations in Swat valley and other parts of the Malakand dvision, three militants were killed at Zulamkot-Serai, the military said in a statement.

A Taliban commander named Rehmat was captured during a search operation at Shah Dheri in Swat while five militants were apprehended near Piochar and Sarsanai.

Seven suspected militants also surrendered at Barshaur while security forces defused six IEDs during a search operation near Kanju, a former Taliban stronghold in Swat.

Pakistan Army claims it has killed nearly 2,000 militants since an offensive was launched against the Taliban in Swat and other parts of Malakand division in May. While, over 300 security personnel have died in the fighting.

Bureau Report