Troops kill 38 militants in NW Pakistan

April 4, 2010 13:15

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.

Militants 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.

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