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Pakistani forces kill 60 Taliban rebels

Pakistani forces in pursuit of militants who fled a clampdown in Waziristan killed 60 rebels in fierce clashes in the volatile Orakzai tribal region of northwest Pakistan today.

world Updated: May 19, 2010 15:35 IST

Pakistani forces in pursuit of militants who fled a clampdown in Waziristan killed 60 rebels in fierce clashes in the volatile Orakzai tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Wednesday.

The clashes took place in the areas of Dabori and Saam in the tribal belt in which two soldiers were killed and about 20 security personnel injured, security officials said.

The Pakistani forces are conducting a major campaign to flush out Taliban fighters from the area as they suspect that large number of rebels have taken shelter in the region to escape the army crackdown in Waziristan.

The security officials claimed about 40 militants were also injured in today's fighting, which marked the latest in a series of clashes in Orakzai Agency.

On Sunday, over 60 militants were killed and several dozens injured in clashes with the security forces in Kurram and Orakzai tribal regions.

The security forces have launched a major campaign in the area for over six weeks and claimed over 700 militants have been killed.

The forces are using helicopter gunships and heavy artillery to flush out the Taliban from their well fortified hideouts in the area.