10 militants killed in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal area

11:24, June 17, 2010      

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At least 10 militants were killed and several injured Wednesday as Pakistani security forces pounded heavy artillery on extremists hideouts in the troubled Bajaur Agency in the northwest tribal belt of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, where militancy seemed to be resurging again.

Meanwhile, the security forces had demolished homes of 10 militants who were wanted for involvement in terrorism, local media reported.

Pakistani security forces had recently declared victory in some of the tribal areas, after launching several operations utilizing both ground and air offensive scoring significant victory against the extremists. However, recent reports suggested that militants are regrouping again in some areas including Bajaur agency.

The most recent offensive was initiated by the security forces as unidentified militants have killed two "Peace Committee" members in Mangal Taan area recently.

Sixteen militants surrendered to the security forces in Tehsil Mohmand of the Bajaur Agency, Pakistani official wire service APP reported.

Taliban leader Faqir Muhammad had disrupted peace in Bajaur tribal area compelling Pakistani military to launch subsequent operations during the past few years, involving operation Sher Dil (the Lion Heart) which specifically focused on Bajaur area and other operations as Rah-e-Haq-II and III that have overpowered militancy in the northwest tribal areas of the Islamic nation.

Source: Xinhua


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