Monday, December 7, 2009

Security forces kill 11 Taliban in Swat, Bajaur

KHAR/PESHAWAR: Security forces on Monday killed at least 11 Taliban in operations in Swat and Bajaur Agency.

Eight Taliban were killed in separate incidents in Bajaur, as 25 terrorists surrendered across the agency.

The security forces killed a Taliban and injured several others in Charmang Chinar area of Nawagai tehsil.

Three Taliban were killed in Damadola area of Mamoond tehsil in an explosion in a house where the terrorists were manufacturing a bomb.

Two of the deceased terrorists hailed from Punjab.

Troops also arrested five Taliban from Inayat Qila during a search operation and recovered weapons.

Separately, fighter jets targeted Taliban positions in Khurkay, Gutkay, Anga and Banda areas of Mamoond, killing four Taliban. Two of their hideouts were also destroyed.

In Salarzai, 25 Taliban surrendered in the presence of elders and ulema from Salarzai tribes.

Swat: Meanwhile in Swat, troops killed four suspected Taliban during a search operation, officials told AFP.

Soldiers came under fire as they raided a suspected Taliban hideout in Shamozai village, 30 kilometres southwest of Mingora.

“Troops retaliated and killed all four militants,” military spokesman Major Mushtaq Khan said. Colonel Akhtar Abbas confirmed the incident and said there were “no military casualties”.

Swat, a former tourist resort, slipped out of government control in July 2007 after Fazlullah mounted a violent campaign to enforce sharia law. staff report/afp

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