Pakistan army says kills 35 fighters in Khyber

Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships killed about 35 fighters in attacks on Khyber Pass region, a spokesman said.

Pakistan army says kills 35 fighters in Khyber

Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships killed about 35 fighters on Saturday in attacks on the northwestern Khyber Pass region, a spokesman for the paramilitary Frontier Corps said.

The offensive came after the recent Taliban attacks on Western military supply convoy in the end of last month.

In August 31, Taliban fighters set fire to 18 container trucks carrying military supplies for Western forces in neighbouring Afghanistan where U.S.-led forces invaded in 2001 in the Pakistani border town of Chaman.

The Khyber Pass is a main route for military supplies being trucked from the Pakistani port of Karachi to Western forces.

Troops began a new offensive in the Khyber this week against fighters, including some who had fled from the Swat offensive.

Military says the ftroops targeted a headquarters of Lashkar-e-Islam and about 15 were killed in the attack. Mangal Bagh, an ethnic Pashtun fighter is beleived to lead the goup.

Another 20 were killed elsewhere in the region on strikes on hideouts of fighters loyal to Bagh.

The Kyber is one of seven Pakistani regions with a high degree of autonomy based on tribal laws.

Taliban has kept attacks on truck convoys for Western troops in Afghanistan to block invasion.

Pakistani army launched late April a massive offensive in Swat Valley, breaking the deal
between Taliban and government over a Sharia administration.

Taliban gained the right to form provincial administration, implementing Shar'ia laws in Swat districts under the deal. But Taliban fighters entered neighbouring districts, including one just 100 km (60 miles) northwest of Islamabad.

Taliban says the offensive was launched by government to please U.S. who has pressured to break it.

Taliban says Pakistani government had no respect for any pact and They kept violating every agreement and if this goes on.

The army says it has killed over 2,000 militants, and lost 312 soldiers in the fighting. Independent casualty estimates are unavailable.

Reuters

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