Militant leader killed in Pakistan clashes
Pakistan's army claims to have killed a most wanted militant commander in the clashes that erupted in the tribal area northwest of the country, reported Press TV.
Security forces managed on Wednesday to kill the leader of militant Peochar Abu Laith group during the ongoing search operation against the remaining militants in Swat and Malakand divisions.
Another militant commander, identified as Ismail, surrendered himself to security forces in the village of Goal Sakhra, while locals in Sandoka village, near Thana, captured three insurgents and handed them over to authorities.
Islamabad officials have announced they successfully ended the military operation against Taliban-inspired insurgency in the northwest of the country.
Security forces, however, are searching for the remnants of militants in semi-autonomous tribal areas which have porous borders with violence-stricken Afghanistan.
Elsewhere in Reema, three pro-Taliban terrorists were killed in clashes with security forces.
Militants targeted a checkpoint in Darra Adam Khel with mortar and rockets, but faced a strong backfire from the government soldiers, who arrested 11 militants, including local commander Rafiuddin.
More skirmishes were reported in Mohmand agency between tribal militias and Taliban-linked fighters in which 15 terrorists were killed.
Pakistan's military launched a massive anti-militant campaign in Swat valley on June 26, sparking alarm and ire among Taliban-inspired groups who engaged in bombings and terrorist attacks to pressure Islamabad to end the operation.
On Wednesday, police arrested a bomber who intended to blow himself up in the city of Rawalpindi, where the military headquarters of the Pakistan Armed Forces is based.
The suspect has confessed to the murder of a police engineer and involvement in six other bomb attacks in the federal capital and other cities, police officials said.
Following the arrest, security was tightened in 'red zones' of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, where intelligence officials fear more potential Taliban-linked terror attacks.