Pakistan forces launch new offensive against militants

December 30th, 2008 - 4:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Dec 30 (Xinhua) Pakistan’s security forces opened a new front against militants in a tribal region bordering Afghanistan early Tuesday, the News Network International (NNI) news agency reported. The security forces launched an offensive in Jamrud, a main town in the Khyber tribal region, said the report.

The main highway between Pakistan and Afghanistan was closed as the army guns pounded positions of suspected militants, region’s administrative officer Tariq Hayat was quoted as saying.

Witnesses said three people including two children were killed in the shelling by the security forces.

Officials said that movement along the Pak-Afghan highway had become risky due to the militant activities and Afghanistan-based Nato supply trucks and oil tankers were being attacked regularly on the route.

Pakistani forces are already engaged in offensive against militants in the Bajaur tribal region and Swat valley in North West Frontier Province, according to the NNI.

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