Security forces killed 38
militants in two separate operations Sunday in an area near the Afghan
border where the army recently launched an offensive targeting the
Pakistani Taliban, a local official said.
The offensive in the
Orakzai tribal area is the latest push by the Pakistani army to rout
the Islamist extremists. Many Taliban fighters fled to the rugged,
mountainous region last year after a separate operation in nearby South
Waziristan, which had served as the group's main base.
attacked an army checkpoint in Sayd Khalil Baba village Sunday morning,
but troops backed by artillery fire repulsed the assault and killed 26
insurgents, said Samiullah Khan, a senior government administrator in
the Orakzai region.
Also Sunday, soldiers invaded militant hide-outs in another area of Orakzai, killing 12 Taliban fighters, said Khan.