Pakistani forces kill 14 militants in tribal region

15:48, October 23, 2010      

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Pakistani security forces on Saturday killed 14 militants and destroyed several hideouts in a tribal region a day after a roadside bomb killed six soldiers, official sources said.

The security forces targeted the militants in upper Orakzai agency, a stronghold of Pakistani Taliban.

On Friday a roadside bomb hit a vehicle of security forces and killed six soldiers, including an officer, in upper Orakzai agency.

Orakzai, one of Pakistan's seven regions of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), has become the key stronghold of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

After the Pakistan army and Frontier Corps launched an operation in South Waziristan, militants in large numbers slipped into Orakzai tribal agency.

Heavy damages were inflicted upon them also and their influence in the area was reduced very much.

The army had declared a few months ago an end to the major operation in Orakzai after most of the militants were eliminated or expelled. But the army had stated that target operation will continue time to time.

This resulted in the mass evacuation of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) towards the nearby Kohat and Hangu districts where they were given shelter in camps. The militants also targeted IDPs, mainly Shia Muslims.

The Friday attack has raised concern about the presence of the militants in some mountainous areas.

Source: Xinhua


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