48 pro-Taliban militants killed in Pakistan
Forty-eight pro-Taliban militants and two security personnel were killed in clashes across the restive Orakzai tribal region of northwest Pakistan today, officials said.world Updated: Apr 23, 2010 01:09 IST
Forty-eight pro-Taliban militants and two security personnel were killed in clashes across the restive Orakzai tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Thursday, officials said.
Twenty-five militants and four security personnel were also injured in the clashes that occurred at three places.
Three injured militants were captured by the security forces. The clashes erupted when militants tried to halt advancing forces in the Taliban strongholds of Sanghra, Qambar Masi and Mashti Mela in Orakzai Agency, which is in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan (FATA).
Fifteen militants were killed when security forces targeted militant hideouts in Mashti Mela.
Troops advanced and occupied important heights around Qambar Masi area, officials said.
In a separate incident, militants blew up a state-run health centre at Akhonkot in Mamozai area of Orakzai Agency.
Pakistani security forces have claimed to have killed over 350 militants since an offensive was launched last month to flush the Taliban out of Orakzai Agency.
The figure cannot be independently confirmed as journalists are barred from reporting from the conflict zone.