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Pakistan kills 40 Taliban militants

October 13, 2008

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Troops and helicopter gunships killed about 40 Taliban militants while four people, including a politician, were injured in a roadside bomb in northwest Pakistan, officials said Monday.

Pakistani tanks take part in a military raid against Islamic ... 
Pakistani tanks take part in a military raid against Islamic militants in Darra Adam Khel. Troops and helicopter gunships killed about 40 Taliban militants while four people were injured in a roadside bomb in northwest Pakistan.(AFP/Tariq Mahmood)

More than 24 extremists with links to Al-Qaeda were killed on Sunday near the Afghan border in the Bajaur tribal region, where Pakistani security forces launched a major offensive against Islamic militants in August.

“Helicopter gunships and artillery pounded hideouts of militants, killing at least 24 rebels and wounding 10 others,” a security official told AFP.

Shelling began in the afternoon and continued into the early hours of Monday, he said, adding four militants and two locals were also killed in an exchange of fire between a tribal lashkar (force) and rebels in Bajaur.

The tribal force was formed last week to act against militants hiding in the area, who local tribesmen say are undermining their power structure.

The Pakistani military says more than 1,000 rebel fighters have been killed since it launched its offensive in Bajaur, including Al-Qaeda’s operational commander in the region, Egyptian Abu Saeed Al-Masri.

Pakistani tribesmen guard an army convoy in the troubled Bajaur ...
Pakistani tribesmen guard an army convoy in the troubled Bajaur agency in September 2008. Bajaur is the home to our friend Muhammad and he needs to check in with us…..Troops and helicopter gunships killed about 40 Taliban militants while four people were injured in a roadside bomb in northwest Pakistan.(AFP/File/Aamir Qureshi)

On Monday ten Islamic extremists died in a gunbattle with soldiers in the Khawazakhela district of the Swat valley during an ongoing military operation against fighters loyal to local cleric Maulana Fazlullah.

“Ten militants were killed in an operation by our security forces,” a military official told AFP, adding there were no casualties among troops.

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Pakistani troops patrol in the troubled Bajaur agency in September. ...