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17 militants killed, 32 nabbed in Pakistan's restive regions

world Updated: Dec 06, 2009 22:08 IST

Pakistani troops killed 17 militants, including a Taliban commander, and arrested 32 others during operations in the country's northwest and the restive tribal belt today, authorities said.

Eight militants were killed in air strikes by jets in Orakzai tribal region.

Three vehicles and five rebels bases were destroyed in the attacks, officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels.

In the Mohmand tribal region, four militants were killed and six others injured during operations by security forces in Baizai sub-division.

The troops launched the operation after rebels attacked a Frontier Corps fort and injured a security personnel.

Three more security personnel were injured in the same region when militants attacked a security forces vehicle.

Troops conducting operations in the restive Swat valley killed four militants, including Taliban commander Gul Mola, during skirmishes on the outskirts of Mingora, the main city in the area.

Security forces also apprehended 19 militants from different areas of Swat.

Thirteen militants surrendered to security forces across the valley.