50 militants killed in Pak tribal belt
Islamabad, Apr 8: Backed by fighter jets and artillery, Pakistan security forces attacked Taliban hideouts in the country's restive tribal belt, killing at least 50 militants while losing four of their own men, officials said today.
The aerial and ground bombardment against the militant positions was part of an operation codenamed 'Brekhna' (lightning) aimed at flushing Taliban fighters out of areas along the Afghan border.
The security forces, backed by combat jets, helicopter gunships and artillery, pounded militant hideouts in Suran Darra, Mosakhel, Bahadar Kalley, Matai, Shinwari and Ghalingar areas of Mohmand tribal agency on Wednesday night.
Officials said the security forces were combing areas along the Afghan border and clearing mines planted by the militants.
They told the media that at least 50 militants were killed and several others injured in air strikes that destroyed some of the hideouts as well as clashes between the two sides.
Among the dead were ten militants who were killed in a clash in Wali Dad Kor area and nine who died in air strikes in Sheikh Baba area.
Four security personnel were also killed and eight more injured in an attack by militants at Wali Dad Kor.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 8 Apr 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
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