Six militants killed in Swat: Five insurgents perish in Dir Lower -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Six militants killed in Swat: Five insurgents perish in Dir Lower

PESHAWAR: Security forces killed six militants and suffered four casualties, besides injuries to eight others, in parts of the Swat Valley during the ongoing military operation, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Saturday.

Also, five Taliban insurgents were killed and two soldiers sustained injuries in the neighbouring Dir Lower district.

The ISPR said the militants attacked positions of security forces in Shahdand Banda, Dewlai and Totano Banda. “Six terrorists were killed during the exchange of fire,” the ISPR said in its daily update to the media.

It said security forces secured Kotlai, Chungai and Zarakhela areas in Kabal Tehsil and started action in the Dagai area. One soldier sustained injuries during the exchange of fire with the militants.

“Terrorists ambushed security forces’ vehicle on the Odigram-Akhun Killay Road. As a result, three soldiers embraced martyrdom and seven others sustained injuries,” the ISPR said.

Meanwhile, security forces commenced a clearance operation from Malakand to Thana in the nearby Malakand Agency. During the operation, security forces clashed with some militants. An exchange of fire ensued, killing a soldier.

Meanwhile, the ISPR claimed that three terrorists, including a brother of militant commander Yousuf, were apprehended after an exchange of fire in a search operation around Peuchar. Four tunnels were destroyed, it added.

Security forces also cleared Babu and Shakardarra villages. Three militants were apprehended in the area and three improvised explosive devices were defused.

Meanwhile, a curfew remained in force in Mingora city on Saturday – the day the NWFP government had set for the restoration of civil administration to the area.

However, the plan could not be implemented, as the valley remained under curfew and the people could not come out of their homes.

Our Timergara correspondent adds: Five militants were killed and two soldiers sustained injuries during an operation in Dir Lower.

Source: The News

Date:6/21/2009