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12 militants killed in northwest Pak

At least 12 militants were killed in an operation carried out by security forces in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region.

world Updated: Oct 19, 2008 09:38 IST
Xinhua

At least 12 militants were killed on Saturday in an operation carried out by security forces in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal region.

Soldiers backed by fighter jets, helicopter gunship and artillery, pounded hideouts of militants in Charmang, Chinar, Loisam, Sarlara and other areas, as part of an ongoing military operation, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

The Bajaur tribal agency is considered to be a stronghold of Taliban and Al Qaeda militants. Officials said over 1,000 militants have been killed in Bajaur, since the military operation was launched on Aug 6.