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Troops kill 55 Taliban in Swat; Tanks on door steps of Mingora

Pakistani tanks and troops on Friday rolled onto the door steps of the Taliban-controlled Mingora, the main town of Swat, after killing 55 militants in latest fighting as authorities ordered civilians to vacate the area vowing to flush out militants in the street-to-street combat.

world Updated: May 15, 2009 19:17 IST

Pakistani tanks and troops on Friday rolled onto the door steps of the Taliban-controlled Mingora, the main town of Swat, after killing 55 militants in latest fighting as authorities ordered civilians to vacate the area vowing to flush out militants in the street-to-street combat.

"Civilian population should leave the city so that security forces can take the militants to task in street-to-street fighting," military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas said.

In continuing operations, troops killed 55 Taliban militants since yesterday, bringing the overall Taliban casualties to nearly 900. A total of 45 soldiers have also been killed since the operation was launched late last month.

Army said its troops and tanks had advanced within six kilometres of Mingora and that they had captured an important Taliban commander Dawa Noor.

The wanted Taliban militant was involved in terrorist activities in Sultanwas and Daggar areas of Buner and had been inciting residents against the security forces. He was one of the main commanders who led the Taliban takeover of Buner.

But, the militants also mounted a counter-attack in the north of the Swat valley in which three soldiers were killed and 11 injured.