22 militants killed in NW Pakistan

20:10, December 03, 2009      

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At least 22 militants were killed during ongoing military operations in various areas of Pakistan's northwest on Thursday, official sources said.

According to Swat Media Center (SMC), Abu Faraj, a top militant commander, was among 11 militants killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Segaram area of Swat. One security personnel was also wounded in the clash.

Meanwhile, another militant commander identified as Alamgir was killed along with his father during a clash with troops in Barthana village of the restive region.

Two corpses, one was identified as of local militant commander Zakir and another of an unknown militant, were found earlier Thursday in Babu area of Swat, the SMC claimed.

Security has been beefed up throughout the district and a massive search operation was being carried out in various areas following a suicide attack that killed a local provincial lawmaker at his residence in Swat valley Tuesday.

About 150 suspects have so far been detained in the operations in Mingora, the biggest city of Swat, and were being interrogated.

Seven militants were killed when Pakistan army's helicopter gunships shelled hideouts of Taliban militants in Orakzai tribal area, the private TV Express reported. Four hideouts and three vehicles of the insurgents were also destroyed in the bombings.

Besides, Pakistani security forces conducted search operations in South Waziristan tribal area and destroyed 15 militants bunkers, the Inter Services Public Relations said in the daily press release Thursday.

During search and clearance operation, the army discovered 22 tunnels. Huge cache of arms and ammunitions were recovered.

Source: Xinhua
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