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6 Troops, 30 Militants Killed in Pakistan Offensive

VOA News 03 April 2010

The Pakistani military says its troops killed 30 militants in the country's northwest Saturday, in an operation that also killed six soldiers.

Both ground forces and helicopters took part in the operation in the Orakzai tribal region near the Afghan border.

Military officials say security forces captured six insurgents after the fighting and also took control of important heights around the Bezoti area, a militant stronghold in the region.

Pakistan's military launched an offensive in Orakzai in March to flush out Taliban insurgents who are believed to have fled an earlier military offensive in South Waziristan.

The military says more than 100 militants have been killed in the Orakzai operation, but that figure cannot be independently verified because access to the remote area is limited.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.



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