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Fierce fighting continues in Pak

Fighting continues as a Pakistani military camp has been attacked with at least 50 to 70 mortar shells having been fired, reports Kamal Siddiqi.

world Updated: Jan 23, 2008 23:35 IST
Kamal Siddiqi

Fighting continued on Wednesday as a Pakistani military camp was attacked in North Waziristan with at least 50 to 70 mortar shells having been fired. At least one soldier was killed while another two injured during the clash.

Heavy firing and shelling continued throughout the night and into the early hours of Wednesday also in South Waziristan as security forces shelled suspected militant positions. The security forces have also set up a refugee camp in South Waziristan for families who are leaving their homes to find safer areas. So far 50 families have arrived at the camp and have been provided food and medical supplies, say local administration officials.

Earlier this week, five Frontier Corps personnel and 37 militants were killed when Baitullah Mehsud-led militants attacked yet another fort in the South Waziristan Agency (SWA) on Tuesday. Fighter aircraft also pounded suspected militant positions in the militancy-plagued tribal agency, eyewitnesses said.

Military Spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas, who is also the Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), confirmed the attack on the historic Ladha Fort and the adjoining observation posts.