Pakistan army conducts final operation in Taliban base

19:59, November 30, 2009      

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Pakistan's security forces are conducting cleanup operations in the Taliban strongholds of South Waziristan tribal agency and adjoining areas during the last 24 hours as the military operation enters the final stage, the army said in a daily press release Monday.

The security forces apprehended one militant in South Waziristan during the operation coded as Rah-e-Nijat, or path of salvation, in the northwest tribal area bordering Afghanistan, the army said.

The army said as the operation steadily progressed towards the Taliban base in three axes, the security forces carried out sanitization of built up area at Kulal Raghzai and consolidation of positions is under process.

The army recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunitions during search operation, it said. Two troops were also injured in separate clashes during operation.

Meanwhile in the ending operation in Swat and Malakand, nine militants have been arrested, according to the statement.

According to the army statistics, Pakistani security forces have killed more than 600 militants since they 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.

Source: Xinhua
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