Six rebels killed in Pakistan during security operations

November 15th, 2008 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanIslamabad, Nov 15 (DPA) Pakistani security forces Saturday killed at least six rebels in the violence-hit Bajaur tribal district near the Afghan frontier, media reports said.Jets from the air force strafed fortified hideouts in Mamund and Chaharmang areas that were being combed by ground troops to mop up pockets of resistance.

Several insurgents were also wounded in the bombing raids, the DawnNews television channel said, citing official sources.

Bajaur is seen as a safe haven for Al Qaeda and Taliban militants who use the porous border to infiltrate into Afghanistan and attack US-led international forces.

Pakistani soldiers launched an offensive against the fighters in early August, and claim they have so far killed more that 1,500 militants in running battles and cleared large parts of the mountain territory.

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