3 militants, 1 soldier killed in clashes in tribal Pakistan

Rezaul H Laskar

Islamabad, Aug 11 : With Taliban reported to be in disarray, Pakistan Army attack helicopters and artillery today pounded militant hideouts following clashes between the security forces and militants which left three terrorist and a soldier dead.

The incident happened in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan as a big group of hundred Taliban militants ambushed security forces who were on their way to Mir Ali, one of the towns of north Waziristan, the stronghold of Taliban.

Three security personnel were injured in the clashes as troops captured 10 militants, including a man who indoctrinated young boys to join the Taliban, during search and clearance operations in Malakand division, which includes the Swat valley.

A soldier was killed during an exchange of fire between militants and security forces at Kabal in Swat, a former Taliban stronghold. The gun battle erupted while the troops were conducting a search operation.

In the lawless North Waziristan tribal region, three militants were killed in retaliatory firing by security forces when they attacked a military convoy near Razmak today. Three security personnel were also injured in the incident, the military said. .