Four militants killed, 7 captured in Pak's northwest

Islamabad: Pakistani troops killed at least four militants and captured seven others during operations in the lawless Waziristan tribal region and Swat Valley in the country's northwest, authorities said today.

Security forces engaged a militant position near Gani Khel in Shakai sector of Waziristan, killing two militants and injuring two more, the military said.

Two militants were gunned down by soldiers during a search operation at Ghariom in Razmak sector.

Militants attacked troops near Sararogha in Jandola sector with rockets and small arms, though there were no reports of casualties.

The troops "effectively responded" to the attack, the military said.

Security forces also conducted search and clearance operations in Jandola, Shakai and Razmak sectors and recovered communication equipment and cleared 61 militant-held compounds.

In the troubled Swat valley, security forces apprehended seven militants during a search and clearance operation at Katlang.

A cache of arms and ammunition was seized during operations at several other places in the region.

A militant also surrendered to authorities near Khwazakhela, a former Taliban stronghold in Swat.

Pakistani forces have been conducting operations against the Taliban in Swat and Waziristan for the past few months.

The army claims it has killed over 600 militants in Waziristan alone.