Pakistani troops kill 15 Taliban in Bajaur

Bajaur has long been an route for fighter entering Afghanistan to fight U.S.-led invasion there.

Pakistani troops kill 15 Taliban in Bajaur

Pakistani forces backed by helicopter gunships have killed 15 Taliban in clashes, an official said on Monday.

Bajaur is opposite the eastern Afghan province of Kunar and has long been an route for fighter entering Afghanistan to fight U.S.-led invasion there, according to Reuters news agency.

Security forces have in recent days intensified operations against fighters in Bajaur, an ethnic Pashtun tribal region on the Afghan border.

The latest fighting broke out on Sunday afternoon in the Wara Mamoon and lasted until midnight, local government official Bajaur Abdul Malik told Reuters.

"The Taliban first attacked our checkpoint and convoy and then we responded with ground and air attacks," he claimed.
Malik said 15 militants and one soldier were killed and 10 militants were wounded.

Pakistan's Taliban denied a report on Sunday that their leader Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a U.S. drone aircraft strike.

Pakistan's military said earlier it was investigating reports that Hakimullah died from wounds sustained in the drone attack on Jan. 17 and had been buried in the Orakzai tribal region in the northwest of the country.


Agencies

Last Mod: 01 Şubat 2010, 14:07
Add Comment