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At least 123 militants killed in Pak tribal belt clashes

At least 123 militants have been killed and over 50 injured in fresh anti-terror operations launched by Pakistani security forces to flush out Taliban fighters from their hideouts in lawless tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

world Updated: Sep 06, 2009, 23:58 IST
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At least 123 militants have been killed and over 50 injured in fresh anti-terror operations launched by Pakistani security forces to flush out Taliban fighters from their hideouts in lawless tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

Pakistani security forces killed three militants in a gun battle in the restive Malakand division in the country’s northwest while nine militants and a 10-year-old boy trained by the Taliban voluntarily surrendered, officials said on Sunday.

Acting on a tip-off regarding the presence of militants near Alpurai in Swat valley, troops conducted a cordon and search operation in the area. During a subsequent exchange of fire, the security forces killed three militants and apprehended two more.

A 10-year-old boy, who was trained by the militants, voluntarily surrendered to security forces at Nagwa, the military said in a statement. Nine militants surrendered to security forces at Bilogram, Odigram, Hazara, Guljaba and Peochar.

Paramilitary troops killed 43 militants yesterday in the Khyber tribal region, where a crackdown on the banned Lashkar-e-Islam and other militant groups was launched six days ago, reports said on Sunday. The operation was launched after a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a border post on August 28, killing 22 members of a militia.

Fifty seven rebels were killed and over 100 others arrested in the Khyber agency earlier, Tariq Hayat Khan, the chief administrator of the region.

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