Seven militants killed in northwestern Pakistan

November 25th, 2008 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanIslamabad, Nov 25 (Xinhua) At least seven militants were killed and several injured in the overnight military operation in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, media reports said Tuesday.Security forces pounded the militants’ hideouts in Damadola, Badaan, Safray and Kaga areas of Mamond in Bajaur tribal agency where Pakistani troops have been engaged in fierce clashes with Taliban and Al Qaeda militants since last August, the News Network International news agency reported.

The two-week operation in the region has been launched to secure the frontier city of Peshawar, the capital of North Western Frontier Province, which sits on a key route for the US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

According to the report, the troops also destroyed eight hideouts of the militants. A large number of people have started migrating from Tehsil Mamond due to volatile situation there, the report added.

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