Troops kill 36 militants in northweast Pakistan

September 4th, 2008 - 10:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Sep 4 (DPA) At least 36 Taliban militants were killed in two separate clashes with Pakistani troops in northwest Pakistan, security officials said Thursday.”Sixteen insurgents, including two commanders Younis and Rehmat, died when our troops, which were backed by helicopter gunship, cleared several bunkers of the militants in Koza Bandi area of Swat district,” army spokesman Major Murad Khan told DPA. Twenty more militants were wounded in the action.

Swat, which is located in North West Frontier Province (NWFP), was formerly a popular tourist destination until the followers of a radical cleric, Maulana Fazlullah, waged war against the government forces late last year for enforcement of Taliban rule.

Separately, 20 rebels were killed during heavy exchange of firing with paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) in Darra Adamkhel, some 30 km south of NWFP’s capital Peshawar.

The clashes took place late Wednesday and early Thursday, according a press release issued from FC.

Fighting between the troops and the militants is going on in Darra Adamkhel since last week when the insurgents tried to carry out a suicide attack at an FC base there.

Two people were killed and many wounded in the foiled bombing.

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