Pak troops kill militant commander in Swat valley



Islamabad: Pakistani security forces killed a militant commander and captured nine suspects during search and clearance operations in the country's troubled northwestern Swat valley, the military said on Thursday.

Militant commander Iqbal alias Islam was killed and a large quantity of ammunition, grenades and equipment were seized during operations at Banpur Sar in Swat, where troops have wrested control of most areas from the Taliban.

Troops apprehended nine suspects from different areas of Swat, including Manglour, Kokari, Dahro and Godhand.

Two militants surrendered to security forces at Fiza Ghat and Nagga, the military said in a statement.

Security forces also seized several 60 mm mortar shells from an area east of Kabal, a former Taliban stronghold.

Over 2,000 militants have been killed in Swat and other parts of the Malakand division since the Army launched an operation in the region in May.

Over 300 soldiers have also died in the fighting.

Bureau Report