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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2677

Pak troops kill eight rebels as militants shot dead two cops in Waziristan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 17 May, ( Pakistani security forces have killed eight miscreants in a clash at Razmak-Miranshah road in tribal region of North Waziristan neighbouring Afghanistan.

According to officials, miscreants ambushed a convoy of security forces on Tuesday, triggering a shootout at Miranshah –Razmak road that left eight miscreants and one security official dead.

Security forces retaliated after being attacked with gunfire destroying a car in which miscreants were riding, killing eight of them and injuring one. The injured miscreant was arrested and bodies of those killed were shifted to Miranshah.

Separately, militants shot dead two policemen in Miranshah overnight, a security official said.

North Waziristan, a semi-autonomous area bordering Afghanistan, is the focus of a military campaign to rid the tribal lands of al Qaeda remnants.

Clashes have intensified since an air strike on an al Qaeda compound in early March and altogether security forces have killed over 300 militants, including around 75 foreigners, in North Waziristan since the middle of last year.

Many al Qaeda militants and their Taliban allies took refuge among Pakistan's conservative Pashtun tribes living in the border areas, after being driven out of Afghanistan by U.S.-backed forces following the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States in 2001.

- Asian Tribune -

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