Pakistani troops capture 52 militants
Pakistani troops captured 52 suspected Islamist militants Thursday in
the restive northwestern valley of Swat, the military said.
The arrests were made days after a remote-controlled bomb killed
eight people including a politician from the main party backing
President Pervez Musharraf in Swat.
“These militants were apprehended in Shakardara area Thursday morning
during a search operation,” the statement said. According to government
reports, more than 300 Taliban-style militants have been killed in the
area since Musharraf deployed the army against them on November 24.
The rebels had seized control of the region and called for the
enforcement of Islamic Sharia law. Pakistan’s army claimed on December 8
it had cleared almost all the militants from the mountainous region.