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88 Killed In Fighting In N Waziristan, Pakistan

From Pakistan’s Daily Times:

88 killed in North Waziristan fighting

MIR ALI: Security forces backed by heavy artillery and helicopter gunships killed 65 militants but lost 20 soldiers in two battles in North Waziristan on Sunday, Reuters quoted officials and witnesses as saying.

Staff report adds: Three civilians were also killed when a stray shell hit their house in Sokhail village, five kilometres from Mir Ali.

The fighting began on Saturday night when militants ambushed an army convoy in Mir Ali, 24 kilometres east of agency headquarters Miranshah, on the Miranshah-Bannu road. The security forces launched an operation against the militants, said Major General Waheed Arshad, director general of Inter Services Public Relations. Ten army soldiers were killed and 10 wounded.

Later at around 6:00pm, militants attacked another army convoy in the same area near Sokhail. Gen Arshad said the security forces killed 18 militants and injured 15 in the subsequent fighting. Ten soldiers were killed and 12 injured. Pakistani fighter jets also reportedly bombed the area.

The military operation was continuing and helicopters were hovering over the area. The security forces also sealed the Mir Ali bazaar and the army was patrolling the area…

Separately the military said security forces arrested two militants in North Waziristan, AFP reported. “The miscreants were fired upon by security forces when they were fleeing from the site after planting an IED (improvised explosive device),” it said in a statement…

In case anyone was wondering why our media was so dead set against Mr. Musharraf’s re-election.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 8th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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