Nine soldiers killed in Orakzai battle in Pakistan

Military officials described the battle near Daburi in Orakzai district as “fierce” and said two officers were among the nine who died

Tuesday, 11 May, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 25, 1431
PESHAWAR: Pakistani military officials said nine soldiers were killed Monday in the deadliest battle to date for security forces in a nearly two-month operation against the Taliban in the tribal belt.

Military officials described the battle near Daburi in Orakzai district as “fierce” and said two officers were among the nine who died. They also told AFP that 37 militants were “reportedly” killed and many injured.

Orakzai is the latest district in northwest Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal area where the military has launched an operation to evict Taliban militants, under US pressure to eradicate the scourge of Islamist extremism.

Despite death tolls released by military officials, it is impossible to confirm casualty statistics independently in what is a closed military zone inaccessible to aid workers and journalists.

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