Pakistani security forces killed seven militants, including six foreign fighters, and captured nine more during search and clearance operations in the restive Malakand division, the military said on Thursday.
Another 26 rebels surrendered to the security forces in different parts of Malakand, including the Swat valley, the military said in a statement.
Acting on information provided by an 80-year-old man about the presence of foreign fighters near Kokrai in Swat, troops conducted a search and destroy operation and killed Afghan and Uzbeks militants.
They also recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition. The man who informed the security forces about the militants was offered a reward but he declined it, saying he only wanted to see his area clear of terrorists, the statement said.
A militant was killed and seven suspects were apprehended during a search operation at Banjot, Takhatband and Batkhela in Swat. Troops captured two suspects from Kalapani in Dir district, which is also part of Malakand.
Thirteen militants surrendered to security forces at Barshaur and Kanju Fort in Swat while another 13 surrendered at Zamindara Post in Dir district.
Meanwhile, the military said a total of 135 militants, including four local commanders, were killed since the security forces launched an operation against militants in the Khyber tribal region on September 1.