Pakistan Forces Kill 54 Militants

Three troops also killed in firefight near Afghan border
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 8, 2011 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Pakistani security forces backed by helicopter gunships and jets killed 54 alleged militants in a much-contested region near the Afghan border, a government official said today. Three troops also died in the clashes. Pakistani troops were doing routine patrolling in the Mohmand tribal region when they came under attack, according to a deputy administrator in the region. The troops returned fire and killed 10 insurgents, but also called for backup in the air.

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The army sent helicopters and jets to target militant positions, killing 44 more insurgents and wounding several others, the official said. He noted that two or three civilians died when a mortar shell hit a home in the region, but he would not speculate which side fired the shell. Today also saw a roadside bomb explode in Peshawar, wounding a local police officer, and the killings of three men in North Waziristan. The Taliban left notes on their bullet-riddled corpses accusing them of being US spies. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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