54 militants among 65 killed in Swat
Filed Under: Politics, World | Posted: 11/14/2007 at 10:25PM
Comments | Region: Pakistan
Mingora: 65 people including 54 pro-Taliban insurgents and two security men have been killed and 38 more wounded in fresh violence in the troubled Swat as the fighting between security forces and militants enters to a tenser phase which is forcing local people to flee the area.
Sources in Mingora said that security gunship helicopters bombed militants’ positions on Wednesday which resulted in killing of 31 militants. Army gunship helicopters are targeting militants in the area before and since the emergency is imposed in Pakistan. A truck driver and a young boy reportedly were killed in the Wednesday firing. Another eight people including a 13 years old girl and a few children killed in Shakar Dara and Khoza Banda, reported Geo News.
In Saido Sharif, security forces and militants exchanged fire near the airport in which three civilians killed and six injured. 10 militants also were wounded in the fighting.
In Shangla district near Swat where militants have seized several police posts and other places, a fierce fighting was continued for several hours which resulted in killing of 23 militants. An important militant commander is also among the dead.
Major Gen. Waheed Arshad, the military spokesman, has confirmed the fighting, bombing and killing of more than 30 militants but the spokesman of the militants has rejected it and said that none of their comrade has been killed in the fighting.
‘All of the dead are civilians. Our Mujahedeen are safe’ he told media men from his headquarters in Matta, Swat.
In neighboring Batkhela area, 8 Pakistani soldiers were wounded in a blast which damaged their vehicle Wednesday. Unconfirmed reports say that two people were also killed in the incident.
The militants in the area are getting stronger as the country is facing a political tension under emergency rule which is worsening the situation every passing day.