Suspected Taliban militants shot dead a Pakistani army brigadier and his driver in Islamabad on Thursday as the military claimed successes in its offensive in the South Waziristan region.
Gunmen killed Brigadier Moinuddin Ahmed, deputy force commander of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), who was on vacation to Islamabad. Ahmed, on secondment from the Pakistan army, is the second brigadier to be killed this month.
Observers say the killing of high profile military officers comes in the wake of renewed fighting in Waziristan following the military operation there.
Meanwhile, the military continued a major offensive against the insurgents in their strongholds near the Afghan border. It claims to have killed at least 25 militants in South Waziristan tribal region during the last twenty four hours.
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