Seven militants killed in gun battle with Pak police
At least seven militants were killed in a gun battle with police in Pakistan's restive northwestern Malakand division, where 35 insurgents were also captured by security forces.world Updated: Aug 27, 2009 20:22 IST
At least seven militants were killed on Thursday in a gun battle with police in Pakistan's restive northwestern Malakand division, where 35 insurgents were also captured by security forces.
Militants ambushed a police convoy in Buner district, triggering a gun battle. Seven militants were killed and four captured by the police, district police chief Rasheed Khan said.
In Swat district, which is also part of Malakand division, security forces apprehended nine militants and seized a vehicle that was being prepared for a suicide attack in operations at Ser and Tilgram areas.
Twelve suspects were captured during search operations in Charbagh, a former Taliban stronghold.
Four militants were apprehended during an operation near Mingora, the main city in Swat district. Six others were captured at Mulakabad, Tahirabad and Mingora, the military said in a statement.
Fourteen more militants surrendered to security forces near Fatehpur in Swat.
The army says it has killed over 1,800 militants during operations in Malakand division since May. Some 300 soldiers have also died in the fighting.