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12 militants dead in northwest Pakistan

12 militants dead in northwest Pakistan

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Mar 22, 2011 - 13:48

ISLAMABAD(PANinfo-icon): At least a dozen Talibaninfo-icon militants were killed in a clash and in an airstrike by security forces in Pakistaninfo-icon's troubled northwest, officials said on Tuesday.

A group of 20 insurgents from Dir district on Tuesday tried to infiltrate Swat valley in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, local police officer, Omar Ali, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Security personnel, manning the border between the two districts, asked the gunmen to stop, but they opened fire, he said. In the ensuing gunfight, six militants were killed and the rest fled, Ali said.

The fresh incident of violence in Swat, once a major tourist attraction, came a day after five dead bodies of suspected militants were found dumped on the side of a road in Matta sub-district.

Elsewhere, Pakistani fighter jets pounded militant hideouts in the Orakzai tribal region, lying close to the Afghan border, an official said on Tuesday.

Six militants were killed and 10 others were wounded when their hideouts were bombed in Sherin Dara and Chapri areas in the lower Kurram.

Hours earlier, a roadside bomb blast ripped through a vehicle carrying security personnel in Bara district of Khyber agency. Local officials said the remote-controlled blast injured six personnel in the Alam Gudar area.

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