Pakistan army battles militants in NW, killing 19

PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani military killed 19 militants in a late night battle for control of strategic mountain peaks in an area near the Afghan border, the army said Friday.

The fighting also claimed the lives of three soldiers, a military statement said.

The army said its troops captured two important mountain-top positions in an operation against Islamist extremists in the Para Chamkani area of Kurram tribal region and the Maidan area of Khyber tribal region.

The latest fighting, which took place on Thursday night, also wounded 12 militants and three soldiers, the military said. The statement added that local civilians cooperated fully with security forces and that village defense committees have been formed in the cleared area.

The Pakistani army has carried out many operations against militants in the northwest tribal regions, but the insurgents often regroup.

The tribal region is home to a wide range of Islamic militants, many of them linked to al-Qaida and the Taliban. The militant groups have used the area as a stronghold from which to wage war both in Afghanistan and against the Pakistani government.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s