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Pakistan jets bomb Taliban bastion

world Updated: Oct 15, 2009 00:00 IST

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Pakistani aircraft bombed Taliban fighters in their South Waziristan bastion on Wednesday as more soldiers and tanks moved in for an expected offensive against them.

Officials say most attacks in the country — including four major ones since October 5 that killed more than 100 people — are plotted in South Waziristan on the Afghan border.

“It was intense bombing. Three hideouts were hit,” Mohammad Khalid Khan, a senior government official in the region’s main town of Wana, told Reuters by telephone.

Pak Army HQ attack: 40 suspects held

Four days after Taliban’s brazen strike on Pakistan’s Army headquarters, security agencies are continuing their sweep to nab suspects involved in the attack and other recent militant assaults and have arrested about 40 people over the past two days.

In an operation in this capital of Punjab province, police picked up 40 people, including a key suspect Luqman, 25, who was caught with an explosive jacket, police said.