PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Troops and helicopter gunships killed about 40 Pakistan, officials said Monday.while four people, including a politician, were injured in a roadside bomb in northwest
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.
On Monday tendied in a gunbattle with soldiers in the Khawazakhela district of the during an ongoing against fighters loyal to local cleric .
“Ten militants were killed in an operation by our security forces,” a military official told AFP, adding there were no casualties among troops.