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Three Taliban commanders killed in Pakistan

world Updated: May 18, 2010 20:13 IST
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Pakistani troops today killed three Taliban commanders in the country's northwest even as authorities warned wanted rebels in the restive Swat district to surrender by May 20.

Acting on a tip-off from local residents, security forces launched an operation in Koz Shore area of Kabal sub-district in Swat and gunned down Taliban commanders Umer Sadiq, Rehmat Ali and Naik Muhammad.

Suicide vests and wireless sets were recovered from the possession of the dead militants.

The three commanders had taken shelter in a jungle and their location was disclosed by local resident.

Troops cordoned off the area before launching their operation. Military sources said Umer Sadiq was a close associate of absconding Taliban commander Umer Rehman alias Faatih and was wanted in connection with several crimes.

In a separate development, Col Waheed Jan ruled out the possibility of any extension in the deadline for wanted militants to surrender.

He made it clear that the rebels must surrender to the security forces by May 20.

Jan made the remarks while addressing relatives of the absconding militants in Kabal sub-district.

It is in the interest of the families of the militants that they surrender as non compliance will lead to strict action being taken against them, Jan said.

The militants have no option but to surrender, he added.

About 60 militants have surrendered to the security forces in recent days.