Pakistani army kills 17 militants in new raid

Tue, 01 Dec 2009

A Pakistan soldier stands alert as a helicopter takes off in Ladha, a town in the tribal region of South Waziristan.

The Pakistani security forces say they have killed 17 pro-Taliban militants and injured several others in the northwestern Kurram tribal region.

“The security forces launched a pre-dawn attack against the militants in Dola Ragha area of central Kurram agency on Monday and have so far killed some 17 pro-Taliban militants,” a senior government official in the area told the Press TV correspondent Monday evening in a phone interview.

During the onslaught, the army also destroyed five of the militants’ vehicles, including one belonging to one of their commanders.

Heavy artillery and helicopter gunships were used to hit suspected militants in the Kurram district, said Maj. Fazlur Rehman, a spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps. He said the militants arriving recently from nearby South Waziristan were the targets.

Meanwhile, a military statement said on Monday that nine suspects have been arrested during the latest round of search and clearance operations in Badama area of central Kurram agency.

According to another report, the Pakistani army has managed to kill over 600 militants in pitched battles during the six weeks since the offensive began in the South Waziristan tribal region along the border with Afghanistan. So far, seventy soldiers have also been killed, Press TV correspondent reported, quoting a military spokesman Athar Abbas.

Abbas said that the security forces would continue attacking the extremists fleeing from South Waziristan to Orakzai and Khyber Agency.

The army deployed 30,000 troops against the pro-Taliban militants in South Waziristan in mid-October and has retaken many towns in the region.

FTP/MB

source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=112552&sectionid=351020401

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