Monday, December 7, 2009

4 pro-Taliban militants 'killed in Pakistan'

Pakistan's army says its forces have killed at least four suspected pro-Taliban militants in an operation in the northwestern Swat valley.

Military spokesman Major Mushtaq Khan told AFP that four pro-Taliban militants were killed in the Monday operation.

The incident took place when Pakistani troops attacked a suspected militant hideout in Shamozai village, southwest of the valley's main town Mingora.

Senior official of the Swat media center Colonel Akhtar Abbas said there were no military casualties.

In April, the army launched an offensive in Swat and the neighboring Buner and Lower Dir districts.

The army claimed in July that most of the militant bastions had been wiped out; but sporadic clashes and bombings continue to rock the valley.


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