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11 militants killed in Swat valley

world Updated: Jan 23, 2009 01:14 IST

Pakistani security forces today killed 11 militants and injured nine others in the restive northwestern Swat valley, most of which has been taken over by the local Taliban.

A statement issued by the military said gunship helicopters destroyed several militant hideouts in the Qambar area of Swat, killing four rebels and injuring six others.

Security forces killed another seven militants and injured three more during an operation in Matta sub-district. Hundreds of people, a majority of them militants, have died since the Pakistan Army launched an operation against the local Taliban in Swat in October 2007.

The local Taliban led by radical cleric Maulana Fazlullah--which control most parts of Swat -- have banned girl's education and barred women from stepping out of their homes without a male relative.