World Bulletin / News Desk
Security forces have killed five suspected rebels and arrested 20 others in a crackdown in Pakistan's southern port city Karachi, police said on Tuesday.
The crackdown was launched in the eastern Gulshan-e-Boner area based on information regarding presence of militants loyal to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organization for different militant groups operating throughout Pakistan.
Rao Anwar, a city police chief, told reporters that the militants refused to surrender and opened fire on the police.
“Firing between the police and the militants is still continuing,” said Anwar, adding that 20 to 25 more militants are believed to be hiding in the area.
Fourteen suspected Taliban rebels have been killed in last three weeks in Karachi, where many militants use shanty towns to take cover.
Meanwhile, Pakistani security forces killed six Pakistani Taliban fighters in North Waziristan, northwestern Pakistan.
“Clashes are continuing in parts of Mir Ali, in which six terrorists have so far been killed,” said the Pakistani military mouth piece Inter Services Public Relations. Eleven militants surrendered to the army, it added.
A senior military official told Anadolu Agency, on condition of anonymity, that security forces were facing tough resistance in Mir Ali, where heavily-armed insurgents were clashing with troops.
The army has claimed to have killed around 447 rebels since June 15, when it launched a much-demanded military onslaught, primarily against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan network of Taliban groups.
Twenty-six soldiers have also been killed in blasts and clashes with militants.Last Mod: 15 Temmuz 2014, 14:07