Clashes kill 8 Pakistani soldiers, 38 militants in tribal region

13:34, June 17, 2010      

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At least eight Pakistani soldiers and 38 militants were killed in the country's northwest tribal region on Wednesday, official sources and local media reported.

The clashes erupted in Bajaur tribal region near the Afghan border where the security forces had declared victory over Taliban- linked militants in 2008.

The Wednesday clashes at Ghandai area of Bajaur have again raised concerns over the presence and ability of the militants.

Official sources said that the security forces also arrested 23 militants.

The troops backed by gunship helicopters and artillery bombed the positions of Taliban and also blew up hideouts to 10 militants who were wanted for involvement in attacks on security forces.

Pakistani security forces had taken control over most parts of Bajaur, one of the former strongholds of Taliban.

On the other hand, official media reported that 16 militants have surrendered to the security forces in Tehsil Mohmand of the Bajaur Agency.

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