8 suspected militants held in Pak tribal region
Authorities have arrested eight suspected militants in a troubled Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan amid continuing unrest.india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 12:46 IST
Authorities have arrested eight suspected militants in a troubled Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan amid continuing unrest, officials said on Monday.
Six armed men were arrested in Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal district, and two other suspected insurgents were arrested at a checkpost late on Sunday, a local administration official told the agency.
Separately rebels bombed another security checkpost in Shankai village some 70 kilometres south of Miranshah, destroying the building but causing no casualties, the official said requesting anonymity.
Militants using small arms also fired at a checkpost in Boya village, some 20 kilometres west of Miranshah, late Sunday but there were no casualties, he said.
North Waziristan remains tense after the bloodiest fighting in the tribal zone since the start of the "war on terror" left around 140 militants and five soldiers dead earlier this month.
A message attributed to local cleric Sadiq Noor -- who is blamed by the authorities for sparking the recent violence and accused of links with Taliban and Al-Qaeda fugitives -- was played over the loudspeakers of mosques in Miranshah on Sunday, residents said.
Noor has asked people not to flee their homes and has said that his men would not attack security forces near the populated areas, they said.
Another 30 foreign militants and their local supporters were killed as Pakistani troops using military helicopters destroyed their hideout near Miranshah late on Friday.
Meanwhile in Dera Ismail Khan district which borders South Waziristan tribal region, police recovered and defused a home-made bomb weighing four kilograms (nine pounds) late Sunday, senior police official Zulfiqar Cheema told the agency.
Hundreds of Taliban and Al-Qaeda fighters have sneaked across the mountainous border from Afghanistan in the past four years, finding support from conservative Pakistani tribesmen.
Pakistan, a key ally in the US-led "war on terror" launched military operations in the tribal areas in October 2003 and deployed more than 80,000 troops along the border.