Eight militants killed in NW Pakistan

19:30, August 19, 2010      

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At least eight militants were killed and three others injured in a military operation launched on Thursday by the Pakistani army in the country's northwest tribal area of Upper Orakzai, reported local media.

Thursday's military action against the militants is the second largest operation of its kind launched by the Pakistani army over the last couple of weeks. On Wednesday, the Pakistani army killed 18 militants and injured 10 others in a gunship helicopter strike launched in the adjacent area of Kuuram agency.

Since the monsoon season started at the end of July, the Pakistani army has apparently reduced its military operations against the militants in the country's northwest tribal areas which border Afghanistan.

Local watchers believe with the receding of the flood water caused by the monsoon rains in the next couple of weeks, the Pakistani army is likely to step up its crackdown on the militants hiding in the remote mountainous areas in northwest Pakistan and more terrorist attacks in retaliation are also expected.



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