Pakistani army kills 22 Taliban men near Afghan border

March 28, 2010 19:10

PARACHINAR, Pakistan — Pakistani troops repelled a Taliban attack on an army base Sunday and bombed two terrorist hide-outs close to the Afghan border, killing 22 insurgents in a region where the army is pressing an offensive, a local government official said.

The fighting occurred in Orakzai tribal region, to which many militants are believed to have fled from a major operation in their former stronghold of South Waziristan.

The official, Samiullah Khan, said a group of militants attacked the base with rockets and automatic weapons. Security forces retaliated and killed 10 attackers. The military helicopter gunships later bombed the hide-outs in nearby Chapri Ferozkhel area, killing another 12 of them, he added.

The Pakistani government said more than 100 suspected militants and five soldiers have been killed in fighting in the region in the last week. Officials said the terrorists killed so far include Uzbek and Arab nationals.

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