Peshawar perfect place for Pak Talibans. Landmine blasted 10 soldiers. Terrorists retrogressed in other places.

Landmine attack kills 10 soldiers in Mohmand

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Pakistani army soldier mans a post at a relief center. -AP Photo

Wednesday, 11 Nov, 2009

PESHAWAR: A landmine attack and ambush killed 10 Pakistani troops near the Afghan border Wednesday, in a sign that violence is spreading away from the frontlines of a major anti-Taliban offensive.

Wednesday’s deaths were reported in Mohmand, where the paramilitary Frontier Corps has been operating for well over a year against the Taliban, and after security officials warned that the militants are stepping up attacks elsewhere.

‘Eight soldiers were martyred and two were wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine buried on the roadside,’ Major Fazal ur-Rehman, spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps, told AFP.

The attack happened on the outskirts of Safi town near the Afghan border in Mohmand tribal district, the paramilitary said.

‘The soldiers were on a routine patrol. The landmine was buried by militants. The explosion damaged the pick-up,’ said Rehman.

He said the incident was separate to a Taliban ambush that left two paramilitary personnel dead and eight others missing after militants attacked a another convoy nearby at Ghanam Shah on Wednesday.

Local official Rasool Khan said two security personnel, initially reported as missing, later made contact.

‘A search operation is continuing for the remaining eight who are missing,’ Khan told AFP by telephone from Mohmand.

Two bodies were recovered after the ambush and 10 rebels killed after attack helicopters shelled suspected militant hideouts in the area on Wednesday.

The United States has put Pakistan on the frontline of its war against Al-Qaeda and has been increasingly disturbed by deteriorating security in the country where attacks and bombings have killed about 2,500 people in 28 months.  -AFP

Helicopter gunships kill 10 militants in Mohmand

Wednesday, 11 Nov, 2009

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A local government official in Mohmand confirmed the checkpoint attack and Wednesday’s shelling of militant hide-outs in Bai Zai town. — Photo by AFP

PARACHINAR: Ten suspected militants were killed after helicopter gunships shelled militant hide-outs in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region.

The operation followed an attack on a security checkpoint in the area that killed two paramilitary soldiers.

An intelligence official said gunmen also injured three soldiers when they attacked the checkpoint Tuesday night in Mohmand region.

The official said security forces have been unable to establish contact with 10 other soldiers at the checkpoint at the time.

A local government official in Mohmand confirmed the checkpoint attack and Wednesday’s shelling of militant hide-outs in Bai Zai town.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to media.

Seven militants killed in South Waziristan: ISPR

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During a search operation at Torwam, security forces recovered a cache of weapons and ammunition. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: Seven militants were killed as security forces further consolidated their positions on all three axes in the ongoing Operation Rah-i-Nijat in South Waziristan.

According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) handout, the militants were killed in an intense exchange of fire that took place at a newly-established check post at Fort Knoll. Security forces lost two lives, including an officer.

During a search operation at Torwam, security forces recovered a cache of weapons and ammunition. Kaniguram was declared safe after eight tunnels inside the compounds were discovered along with a number of weapons and ammunition. — DawnNews

Courtesy :- Dawn, AFP, AP.

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