Pakistani security forces have captured four militants while another 12 rebels surrendered to authorities during search and clearance operations in the Swat valley and other parts of Malakand division, the military said on Wednesday.
Troops apprehended three militants at Fatehpur, Madyan and Gulibagh while another militant was captured in Mingora, the main city in Swat.
A total of 12 militants surrendered to security forces at Bar Shaur, Runial Chuprial and Mingora, the military said in a statement.
Meanwhile, authorities in the semi-autonomous Bajaur tribal region today gave militants six days to surrender and lay down their weapons.
Afghan refugees living in Mamoond sub-division of Bajaur Agency were also asked to leave the area by authorities, TV news channels reported.
The political administration of Bajaur Agency served a written notice to elders of the Mamoond tribe today, asking them to tell all militants hiding in their area to surrender within six days.
In a separate development, gunship helicopters attacked and destroyed three militant hideouts in Massozai area of Kurram Agency.