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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2583

1305 militants killed so far in ongoing operation in northwest Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Rawalpindi, 07 June, (Asiantribune.com): Director General of Inter Services Public Relations Major General Athar Abbas has said at least 1305 militants have been killed and 120 others arrested in the ongoing operation against militants so far.

Addressing a briefing here on Saturday, he said 105 security personnel were martyred and 105 others injured in the operation.

Koza Bandai and Bara Banai areas of Swat have been brought under the control of security forces and an army check post has been set up in Koza Bandai.

During the last 24 hours, at least 17 militants have been killed in Sarsanai, he said, adding the militants attacked the security motorcade which was taking Maulana Alam and Amir Izzat.

Two security personnel martyred each in Tawa and Khawazakhela areas during the operation.

Gen Athar said a large cache of arms and ammunitions has been recovered from Koza Bandai.

Commenting on the reports regarding the arrest of Sufi Muhammed, he said Sufi Muhammed has not been arrested, nor is he in the custody of security forces.

He claimed that ISPR didn’t issue any statement regarding TNSM chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad and “was unaware of his state.”

Many militants have been arrested that include foreigners from Central Asia, Afghanistan and Arab world, he said adding there are at least four percent foreign militants in the conflict areas.

Kabal, Shamozai areas are not clear as yet.

Maulana Fazlullah has been thrice targeted, he said. He urged the local veterans to identify the militants and help the security forces.

The army spokesman said military will stay in the area until the civil administration takes over.

The decision regarding operation in Waziristan will be taken up by the government, he said, adding no decision in this connection has been taken as yet.

- Asian Tribune -

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