Troops destroyed over 40 militant strongholds and six training camps in various parts of the Orakzai Agency. – (File Photo)
Six soldiers, 30 militants killed in Orakzai offensive
Sat, 03Apr, 2010 | Rabi-us-Sani 17, 1431
PESHAWAR: Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships Saturday (Saturday, 03 Apr, 2010) killed 30 militants and captured key heights in a tribal area after facing tough resistance in which six soldiers were killed, officials said.
Fighting erupted at several places in Orakzai district near the Afghan border, where security forces have been pressing a new offensive to flush out Taliban believed to have fled a major offensive in South Waziristan last year.
“Security forces have taken control of important heights around Bezoti area after encountering tough resistance,” a military statement said.
“During the operation 30 terrorists were killed and many got injured,” it said.
“Six security personnel embraced martyrdom while 10 got injured,” the statement said.
Earlier local administration and military officials said fighting erupted at several places and helicopter gunships pounded rebels positions in which a total of 22 militants were killed.
Major Fazlur Rehman, spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps told AFP, that militants based in mountain hideouts attacked a military convoy between the towns of Goeen and Hindara and the gunbattle left at least 13 Taliban dead.
Local administration official Sajjad Ahmed, who also put the militant toll at 13 dead, said helicopter gunships pounded the rebels in the area. Six other militants wounded in the clash had been arrested, Ahmed told AFP.
Ground forces attacked militant hideouts in Otman Khel also and killed nine Taliban insurgents, Rehman said.
He later confirmed the overall toll had risen to 30 and that security forces had seized control of key heights in the area.
Eleven killed in gunbattle with police in Peshawar
Pakistani policemen stand alert during a funeral ceremony for fallen colleagues in Peshawar on April 3, 2010. – AFP
PESHAWAR: Eleven people including three policemen were killed Saturday (Saturday, 03 Apr, 2010) in a clash between police and criminals involved in kidnapping and robberies in northwest Pakistan, police said.
The gunbattle took place in Shiekhan village 10 kilometres (six miles) southwest of Peshawar when police raided a suspected criminals’ hideout, senior police officer Sher Akbar told AFP.
“We had reports that criminals involved in cases of robbery and kidnapping for ransom were hiding in the area,” he said adding that the police raid triggered a shoot-out in which “eight criminals were killed.”Three policemen also died in the firefight, he said.
Doctor Jamil Shah of a local hospital confirmed the death toll.
Courtesy : DawnNews, AFP, AP and Agencies.
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