Another 21 militants killed in Orakzai, NW Pakistan

18:25, July 23, 2010      

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At least 21 militants were killed as Pakistani troops stepped up a ground and air offensive against militants Friday in Orakzai tribal area in the northwest of Pakistan, local media reported citing official sources.

The 16 dead also included important militant commanders Suleman Mehsud and Hafeezullah while 12 others were injured in gunship helicopters shelling. Three hideouts of militants were also destroyed.

In Kalaya area of Orakzai agency five more militants were killed. Two troops were injured in the clash, local sources said.

Meanwhile, in Hungu district of northwest, police have defused a 12-kilogram remote-controlled bomb in the vicinity of Samana road.

Earlier on Thursday, 39 militants were killed and 17 injured in Orakzai and adjoining tribal areas, the local media added.

The Pakistani army declared the victory in the restive Orakzai agency over Taliban insurgency in June, and announced the end of the year-long operation.

However, the fresh erupted skirmishes have dampened home- returning hopes of some 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) , who had fled the area following the operation that was launched a year ago.

Orakzai is the only one of the seven agencies that does not border Afghanistan in the rugged tribal region of Pakistan that has been marked as a safe heaven for militants. Hundreds of militants have been killed in clashes with Pakistani troops in Orakzai in the past month.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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