Monday, July 13, 2009

Tribesmen kill 42 militants in NW Pakistan

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 04:49:26 GMT
Tribesmen in NW Pakistan have taken arms against pro-Taliban militants.
Pakistani tribesmen have launched a massive attack on Taliban-linked militants in the violent northwest, killing more than 42 insurgents.

Tori Lashkar (Tori militia) confronted the terrorists with "full force" and destroyed their hideouts in various parts of Kurram agency, Azmat Ali Khan, a local Shia tribal leader, told Press TV correspondent late Wednesday.

Khan said they killed at least 42 Taliban-inspired militants in the two-day clashes, acknowledging 18 tribal fighters also lost their lives in the skirmishes.

He said insurgents increasingly turned to Kurram -- a key route for crossing the border with Afghanistan -- as they fled Swat and Malkand regions where the military has stepped up its anti-militant campaign which began in late April.

In the past two weeks, fighting between tribesmen and pro-Taliban forces has claimed the lives of more than 141 people, mostly militants.

The conflicts broke out after fleeing Wahabi militia infiltrated Kurram tribal district and launched attacks against the Shia population in the area.

Separately, security forces in the troubled northwest Khyber agency killed 28 militants on Wednesday night.

Local officials said a senior commander of Lashkar-e-Islam militant group was also killed during an operation by the Frontier Constabulary federal paramilitary forces on insurgents' strongholds in Teerah valley.




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