Pakistani army kills 30 Taliban militants

19:41, November 04, 2009      

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Pakistan's security forces advanced into a stronghold of Taliban militants, the town of Ladha, amidst heavy clashes and street fighting during the operation in South Waziristan tribal agency, the army said Wednesday in a daily press release.

The military said that the troops have killed 30 more militants during the last 24 hours, bringing the total fatalities to 400, as the operation in the country's tribal area steadily progressed towards the Taliban strongholds in South Waziristan.

The army said eight troops were injured in clashes in the last 24 hours during the ground assault along the three main axes in the tribal area near the border with Afghanistan.

The security forces also recovered some weapons and ammunition during the operation coded as Rah-e-Nijat, or path of salvation, it said.

Meanwhile in the ending operation in Swat and Malakand, 24 suspects have been apprehended from different areas and two terrorists have voluntarily surrendered, according to the statement.

On relief activities, so far 7,518 cash cards have been distributed amongst the displaced families of Waziristan, and Army Field Hospital has treated 890 displaced patients, the army said.

Pakistani security forces launched the ground assault on Oct. 17 in the South Waziristan, advancing towards the main base of Taliban militants in Pakistan. The army said that about 30,000 soldiers are in place to take on an estimated 10,000 hard-core Taliban militants in the lawless area.

The military said that the operation was launched in six towns of the area in three directions and is likely to continue for six to eight weeks, but no final deadline can be given.

Source: Xinhua
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