4 militants killed in NW Pakistan

20:25, December 07, 2009      

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Four militants were killed in ongoing military operations in northwest Pakistan during the last 24 hours, the army said on Monday.

Pakistan security forces continued search and clearance operations in Swat and Malakand area in North West Frontier Province. Unknown armed extremists opened fire on the security forces who were on regular patrolling in Shamozai area. During the exchange of fire four militants were killed, the Inter Services Public Relations said in the daily press release.

Ten militants voluntarily surrendered themselves to security forces in the resistive area while security forces apprehended seven suspects.

Security forces also apprehended six suspects from internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in D I Khan, a major city near South Waziristan tribal area, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the army apprehended four suspects and recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition including 14.5 mm guns and lots of prepared improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the tribal area.

About 1,700 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.

Besides, 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.

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