Pakistan kills 19 in North Waziristan

Pakistani security forces killed six pro-Taliban men in fighting in North Waziristan on Sunday, the military said, after overnight battles left 13 rebels dead.

Pakistan kills 19 in North Waziristan
Pakistani security forces killed six pro-Taliban men in fighting in North Waziristan on Sunday, the military said, after overnight battles left 13 rebels dead.

Violence has intensified in the volatile tribal region on the border with Afghanistan after militants tore up a peace deal with the government last week.

A gun battle broke out between the security forces and the fighters on Sunday after five soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb blast near Miranshah, North Waziristan's main town.

"Six fighters were killed in that clash," military spokesman Major-General Waheed Arshad told Reuters.

The security forces killed another 13 militants in overnight clashes in Ghulam Khan area, 15 km (10 miles) north of Miranshah towards the Afghan border.

Armed fighters, in small groups, attempted to attack several army posts in the area but security forces foiled their bid.

Seven fighters were arrested while soldiers suffered no losses in these clashes, Arshad said.

Pakistani authorities struck a deal with the local men last September in a bid to isolate foreign fighters and curb their cross-border incursions into Afghanistan.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2007, 17:24
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