Pakistani troops kill seven Islamic militants

October 1st, 2008 - 12:28 am ICT by IANS  

TalibanIslamabad, Sep 30 (DPA) At least seven Islamic militants were killed and several others injured Tuesday in an operation carried out by the Pakistani army in the restive Bajaur tribal district that borders Afghanistan, an official said.”Militants’ fortified positions and hideouts around the Loi Sam area were today (Tuesday) engaged in heavy fire,” military spokesman Major Murad Khan told DPA.

Three explosive-laden vehicles were also destroyed by the security forces in Kat Kot area, he added.

Clashes erupted in Bajaur early August when scores of pro-Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint on a strategic hilltop in Loi Sam along the route used to transport supplies to insurgents in Afghanistan.

Military, backed by tanks and helicopter gunships, launched a massive operation to eliminate militants’ hideouts. Bombing raids and heavy artillery fire have so far killed hundreds of insurgents, including some hardcore operatives of the Al Qaeda terrorist network.

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