Pakistan army says it killed 33 militants in northwestern Pakistan

Army helicopters targeted militant positions in the mountains of northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 33 fighters loyal to a pro-Taliban rebel cleric, the military said Thursday. The men were killed Wednesday in a series of attacks in Swat, a valley about 160 kilometers northwest of the capital, Islamabad, said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad. Arshad didn't confirm local media reports that about 60 people, including civilians, had died in the army raids near the towns of Shangla, Kabal and elsewhere.