103 killed in Swat valley: report

August 2nd, 2008 - 1:46 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Taliban
Islamabad, Aug 2 (Xinhua) At least 103 people, including 58 militants and 12 security personnel, have been killed in the ongoing military operation in northwestern Pakistan’s Swat valley, media reported Saturday. At least 30 civilians were also killed in the fighting, the Daily Times said.

Pakistani security forces launched the major offensive Tuesday after local Taliban kidnapped 25 policemen and paramilitary soldiers from a police station in the valley of North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

More troops were sent Friday to the valley, which used to be a scenic spot famous for ancient Buddhist culture, but has become a Taliban stronghold since last year.

The NWFP government Friday said that the security forces would continue their operation in the valley till peace was restored in the area.

The military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told state-run television that the repeated peace pact violations had forced them to take action.

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