Mortar shell kills 11 in Pakistan

November 1st, 2008 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanIslamabad, Nov 1 (Xinhua) At least 11 people were killed when a mortar shell landed near a check post in northwestern Pakistan’s Swat valley Saturday, state television reported. Reports said an unspecified number of people were injured in the blast at Wanai village in the troubled valley.

Pakistan’s security forces have intensified military operations in the mountainous valley since late July.

Swat valley was once a tourist spot dubbed the “Switzerland of Pakistan” but has now turned into a stronghold of pro-Taliban militants.

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