Up to 80 killed in air strike in Pakistan

October 30, 2006 13:25

Pakistani security forces killed some 80 terrorists in a pre-dawn air strike on a madrassa, or Islamic school, in the Bajaur tribal area bordering north-eastern Afghanistan, military sources said on Monday. Military spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan told electronic media that the attack was launched by Pakistani security forces after days of surveillance confirmed information that the target was being used "for terrorist activities and as a training camp." About 40 among the dead were believed to be foreign terrorists, he said, according to the ARYOneWorld television channel. Earlier, the spokesman told the Geo television that he had no figures about the casualties caused by the "precision weapons" fired into the madrassa by helicopter gunships.

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