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11 killed in mortar attack in northwestern Pak

world Updated: Nov 01, 2008 15:11 IST

At least 11 people were killed and seven others injured today in a mortar attack targeting a security check post in Pakistan's troubled northwestern Swat valley, where troops are conducting operations against the local Taliban.

A mortar shell landed near Wanay check post, where a large number of people had gathered before the lifting of curfew restrictions in the area this morning.

It was not immediately clear who had fired the mortar shell though authorities suspected the attack was carried out by militants active in the area. The 11 dead were believed to be civilians, TV channels reported.

In a similar incident in the adjoining Mohmand tribal region, two persons, including a child, were killed when a mortar shell struck a house. No further details were available about the incident.

Hundreds of Taliban fighters have been killed in the troubled Swat valley in North West Frontier Province since Pakistani security forces launched an anti-militancy operation in the area in October last year.