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Pakistan army kills one militant, arrest 35 in operations
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21:12, September 10, 2009

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Pakistan's security forces killed one militant and apprehended 35 others in the continued search and clearance operations in northwest Pakistan's Swat and Malakand districts during the last 24 hours, the army said Thursday.

The army said in a daily update that the security forces conducted search operation in various areas in Swat and killed one militant and arrested seven with another 13 surrendered themselves to the security forces.

In nearby Dir, the security forces arrested two suspects from Kalapani and 13 suspects voluntarily surrendered to the security forces at Zamindara Post, said the statement.

It said that the operation which started in Bara of Khyber tribal agency on Sept. 1 is progressing smoothly. During the operation, 135 militants including some local commanders have been Killed.

As many as 19 militants Markaz and 119 houses of militants were also destroyed in Bara. The security forces also recovered huge cache of arms, ammunition, explosive equipment and huge quantity of other equipment, the army said.

The army said that beside one wing of the Frontier Corps (FC) which is already deployed in Bara, one additional wing of FC will continue to remain there till the time situation stabilizes completely and normalcy returns to the area.

On relief activities, the army said, so far 294,841 cash cards have been distributed amongst the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of Malakand.

Over 1,600 militants have been killed since Pakistani security forces launched the military operation against Taliban militants late April after militants in early April entered the Buner district from the neighboring Swat district and refused to vacate the area despite their pledge to do so.

Source: Xinhua

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