Sunday, June 21, 2009

Troops kill 38 militants in NW Pakistan: military

ISLAMABAD (AFP) — At least 38 militants were killed in fierce clashes in northwest Pakistan's Swat valley and the tribal region of South Waziristan, the military said Saturday as troops continued an offensive against the Taliban.

"During (the) last 24 hours, 38 militants were killed in Malakand and South Waziristan, while six soldiers including an officer embraced shahadat (martyrdom)," it said in a statement.

Malakand region includes Swat, Dir and Buner districts where the military has launched operations since April 26 against Taliban militants.

The death tolls provided could not be verified independently.

"Thirty-two terrorists were killed in Sarwakai town (in South Waziristan) in a retaliatory fire by security forces during a road clearance operation," the statement said.

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