Pakistan army kills 10 militants as jirga meets
PAKISTAN: At least 10 suspected pro-Taliban militants were
killed Thursday in a Pakistani military operation in a volatile tribal
area on the border with Afghanistan, the army’s top spokesman said.
Helicopter gunships fired on suspected militant hideouts in restive
North Waziristan after several roadside bomb attacks earlier in the day
against military targets in the area, in which four soldiers were
The violence came as hundreds of tribal leaders from Pakistan and
Afghanistan opened four days of talks in Kabul aimed at devising a
strategy to defeat Islamist extremism in the rugged mountainous border
“We have received reports from local sources that 10 to 12 miscreants
were killed when troops backed by helicopters retaliated after IED
attacks,” Pakistan’s chief military spokesman Major General Waheed
Arshad told AFP.
Earlier, a roadside bomb blew up near a military checkpost between
Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, and the village of Datta
Khel, wounding four, officials said.
In a separate incident, troops travelling in a convoy between
Miranshah and nearby Mir Ali had a narrow escape when a bomb exploded
minutes after it passed by.
Militants launched an early morning rocket attack on a military base
in Miranshah, which triggered retaliatory artillery fire by troops,
another official said, adding there were no casualties.
In neighbouring South Waziristan, security forces were looking for 16
soldiers missing and presumed kidnapped, amid reports that suspected
militants wearing civilian clothes had captured them, officials said.