Fifteen militants were killed and two soldiers injured in fresh clashes between Pakistani troops and the Taliban in South Waziristan as the army cleared more rebel-dominated villages, the military said on Friday.
Security forces faced "stiff resistance" as they Narakai village in Shakai sector. Fifteen militants were killed and a soldier was injured in fighting in this area, the military said.
A soldier was injured in a skirmish as troops cleared 30 militant compounds at Mad Amir Killi in Razmak sector and seized a cache of arms and ammunition.
The military said troops were consolidating their positions in Jandola, Shakai and Razmak sectors and clearing militant-held compounds and villages.
Soldiers recovered arms and ammunition when they cleared over 80 houses in the Jandola area. Security forces also cleared a key road linking Sarwekai and Siplatoi and defused 10 improvised explosive devices planted on the roadside.