27 more militants killed in NW Pakistan operation
During last 24 hours, 27 militants were killed and 22 were arrested in various areas of Malakand in northwestern Pakistan, said the military in a press release Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
One soldier was killed and nine others were injured in the military operation in Malakand, a division of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), according to the press release.
In Upper Dir, it said, Lashkars or militiamen secured four villages and killed 13 militants.
Meanwhile, NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that the NWFP government would extend full support to Lashkars of tribesmen fighting against militants in Dir district.
Over 1,300 militants have been killed since security forces launched the military operation against Taliban militants late April after militants in early April entered the Buner district from the neighboring Swat district and refused to vacate the area despite their pledge to do so.