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45 Taliban militants, 4 soldiers killed in Pak tribal belt

May 31, 2009 20:16 IST

At least 45 Taliban fighters and four security personnel were killed when Pakistani troops repelled an overnight attack by militants on a paramilitary camp in the troubled South Waziristan tribal region, officials said on Sunday.

The attack on the security forces' camp near the border with Afghanistan sparked a gun battle that lasted for eight hours, officials were quoted as saying by television news channels. The officials said 45 militants and four security personnel were killed in the skirmish. However, Geo News channel has put the number of militants killed at 50.

Security forces have also started an offensive in different areas of Spinkai Raghzai, Officials in the political administration of South Waziristan Agency said. The offensive was launched following several attacks on the security forces. The Taliban have stepped up their activities in South Waziristan, a stronghold of militant commander Baitullah Mehsud, following operations against them in Buner, Dir and Swat districts of the North West Frontier Province.

Rezaul H Laskar in Islamabad
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