Five militants, including a key Taliban commander, were killed in Pakistan's restive tribal belt while 37 rebels were arrested during operations by security forces in the country's northwest.
Taliban commander Gulam alias Adil and four of his accomplices were killed and two militants injured in a clash with members of a pro-government "peace committee" or local militia at Khewazai in Mohmand Agency, a Frontier Corps spokesman said.
Security forces captured 17 suspects during a search operation in two villages in Mohmand Agency. Troops also detained a woman from Mirpur in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in Mohmand Agency on suspicion that she was linked to militant activities, the spokesman said.
Troops apprehended five suspected militants at Zara Mela check post in Waziristan tribal region, the military said. Another 15 suspects were captured with arms and ammunition during search and clearance operations at several places in Swat and Malakand division.
One suspect also surrendered to security forces at Zarra Khela in Swat. Security forces also repulsed three attacks by Taliban fighters in Waziristan though there were no reports of casualties, the military said.
Militants fired 10 rockets at a check post near Janata in Jandola sector while 13 rockets were fired at security forces at Takari Sar post near Dawatoi and Trikhi Khubrai near Mazakai. Militants also fired with small arms at the Boya Narai check post. The security forces "effectively responded" to these attacks.