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Militants, security personnel killed in clashes

Security personnel and six militants were killed in clashes in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region while security forces captured 18 suspected rebels in search and clearance operations in the restive Swat valley, authorities said today.

world Updated: Sep 28, 2009 21:23 IST

Security personnel and six militants were killed in clashes in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region while security forces captured 18 suspected rebels in search and clearance operations in the restive Swat valley, authorities said today.

A security personnel was killed and militants on an army camp in North Waziristan Agency injured five others in an overnight attack.

The militants used rockets, missiles and other heavy weapons in the attack on the camp at Razmak, officials said.

Six militants were killed and several rebel hideouts destroyed in retaliatory shelling by the troops. The injured security personnel were airlifted in a helicopter to Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan.

As security forces continued search and clearance operations against the Taliban in Swat and other parts of the Malakand division, nine suspected militants were captured at Pirano valley and Tiligram, the military said in a statement.

Security forces at Darai in Swat apprehended an Afghan terrorist. In Upper Dir district, which is also part of Malakand division, police arrested militant commander Umar Khitab with seven accomplices.

Nine militants also surrendered to security forces at Bar Shaur, Kabal, Devolai and Shah Dand Banda in Swat.

Meanwhile, hundreds of tribesmen have begun migrating from different parts of South Waziristan due to fears of a possible military operation against the Taliban.

Many of the tribesmen have sought refuge in North Waziristan Agency and Dera Ismail Khan and Bannu in the North West Frontier Province.

The exodus began after security forces made announcements on a local radio station asking people to vacate the area. Officials said the people were advised to leave the areas as action against terrorists had become inevitable in Makeen and other areas inhabited by the Mehsud tribe.

The announcements were made on the radio station after a rocket attack on the military garrison at Razmak in North Waziristan Agency.