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Eight militants among 11 killed in Swat

MINGORA: Eleven people, including eight militants, were killed and four others were injured in different incidents of violence in the restive Swat Valley on Saturday.

Sources said the security forces raided the house of a militant commander Bakhtiar in Ningwalai area of Kabal Tehsil after reports about the presence of militants there. The militants opened fire on the forces instead of surrendering and eight of them, including Bakhtiar, were killed in the exchange of fire, said the sources.

The forces also recovered arms and ammunition from the house.

Separately, the security persons deployed at Fizzagat checkpost opened fire on a suspected car, killing a female identified as Sameera while her mother Yasmeen sustained serious bullet injuries.

Similarly, a mentally-retarded person, Abdul Ghafoor, was killed while approaching the security checkpost in Bariam area.

The officials deployed at the checkpost warned him to stop, but he continued his march towards the post following which the officials took him for a suicide bomber and shot him dead.

In a similar incident, a person, identified as Amanullah, was killed when security forces pounded suspected hideouts of militants in Khwazakhela area.

Separately, militants hurled a hand grenade at officials of the Frontier Constabulary deployed at a girls’ school in Nawan Killay of Mingora city, injuring an FC official Janat Gul whereas the boundary wall of the school was partially damaged.

In another such incident, a cop identified as Zahoor Khan was injured when militants shot him in Dewlai area of Kabal Tehsil.

Earlier, Muslim Khan, the spokesperson for the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Swat chapter, while talking to The News by telephone from an undisclosed location said that the list of those wanted by them would be published on Sunday (today).

About the conditional amnesty offered by the provincial government, he said both the central and the provincial governments were powerless and did not have the capability to abide by any agreement as the real power was with the Army and the US.

He said no meeting of the Shura was scheduled whereas a meeting of the militant commanders was held in which matters pertaining to operations were discussed.

Source: The news

Date:1/25/2009