180 Taliban killed in South Waziristan: Pakistan Army

By IANS,

Islamabad : Pakistani security forces have cleared the Taliban stronghold of Srarogha in South Waziristan after an intense five-day battle in which 180 militants and seven soldiers were killed, disclosed an army officer Tuesday.


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Briefing reporters in South Waziristan’s largest town of Wana, Brigadier Shafiq, the commander of the Rah-e-Nijat military operation, said troops were now advancing towards Makeen, another stronghold of the militants, and the area would also be cleared within a few days, Online news agency reported.

Several commanders of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as also Uzbeks and Arabs were among the 180 dead militants, he said, adding that the forces had also

recovered a huge cache of weapons, 70 landmines and 21 suicide jackets.

Search and clearance operations had begun in Srarogha and would end in one week, Shafiq said.

Replying to a question, he said seven soldiers had died and 14 injured in the Srarogha operation.

The Pakistani security forces had gone into action against the Taliban in South Waziristan last month, triggering a series of terror attacks by the militants.

The northwestern town of Peshawar itself has seen seven attacks since Oct 5 in which over 220 people have been killed and more than 400 injured.

The city witnessed this year’s worst terror attack Oct 28 when a massive explosion in a crowded market killed 117 people and injured over 200.

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