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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

60 militants killed during last 24 hours in Buner offensive

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Islamabad, 02 May. ( Pakistan army killed Major General Athar AbbasMajor General Athar Abbasup to 60 militants as ground and air offensive against Taliban in Buner district of Northwest Frontier Province entered sixth day on Friday.

Addressing a press briefing at army headquarters on Friday, military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said about 55 to 60 militants were killed in the last 24 hours in the district of Buner, where he said the operation is continuing successfully.

Eight to 10 militants were killed in the Shabdara attack, he said, adding that Buner's militant casualties included foreigners.

He said Daggar has been cleared of militants and a military check-post has also been set-up in the area, adding that efforts were underway to clear the Daggar-Ambela road.

However, he said the army was facing stiff resistance in Dir and Ambella heights.

A suicide attacker was also arrested from the area, he said. Abbas said situation was normalizing in Lower Dir where a curfew was also relaxed on Friday.

Locals were also fighting against militants in the district where two security personnel were killed and two others were wounded during the operation, Abbas said.

Suicide vehicles were also destroyed during the Lower Dir operation, he said.

The army pounded Taliban positions for a sixth day since launch of Operation Black Thunder against the militants in Buner some 100 kilometres (60 miles) of the capital Islamabad.

Earlier on Friday, more than 50 armed Taliban stormed a FC headquarters in Upper Dir and kidnapped 10 security forces personnel.

The militants took away an APC and a large haul of weapons before destroying the camp and a checkpoint.

A police vehicle was also taken away and a police station was set on fire in Pir Baba town. Local people said militants had control of Ambela Chowk, Pacha, Nawagai, Jungai, Swarai, Gagera, Dewana Baba, Pir Baba and Sultanwas.

The kidnapped security personnel were later released but their weapons were snatched by militants.

- Asian Tribune -

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