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Pak military captures 40 Islamic militants

world Updated: Jan 19, 2008 16:57 IST

Pakistani security forces on Saturday arrested 40 Islamic militants in a restive tribal region near Afghanistan a day after fierce battles in Islamabad left more than 90 insurgents dead, the army said.

"40 miscreants were captured during operations on late Friday and early Saturday, while 10 dead bodies of miscreants were also recovered," an army statement said. "Complete Chaghmalai is cleared of miscreants."

A large number of heavily armed pro-Taliban militants targeted a security convoy with rockets and small arms in Chaghmalai area of South Waziristan on Friday, triggering a gunfight that left up to 30 militants dead.

Around 60 more militants were killed in the same district in the afternoon when the security forces repelled a raid on a border outpost.

The followers of the pro-Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud were believed to be behind both attacks. He reportedly provides Al-Qaeda terrorists and Taliban fighters, who fled to the region after the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, with shelter and assistance in launching cross border attacks on international forces.

The tribal leader heads Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (Taliban Movement of Pakistan), an alliance of more than two dozen groups of Islamic militants who sympathise with Afghanistan's Taliban movement.