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200 Pakistan soldiers killed in anti-militants operation: Army

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Dec 9, IRNA - Pakistan`s army said on Thursday that some 
200 security personnel have been killed in operations against foreign 
militants and their local supporters in the South Waziristan tribal 
region. 
Major General Niaz Khattak, in-charge of the operation, also told 
reporters in Peshawar that 100 foreign militants are still hiding in 
Waziristan and that operation will continue against them. 
Pakistani forces have been conducting major operations in 
Waziristan against suspected Taleban and al-Qaeda fighters since March
this year. 
General Khattak did not provide any exact figures of the militants
killed during the operation and said the miscreants managed to take 
away some bodies of their colleagues or bury them. 
He said the security forces have broken the network of the 
militants and they have also moved to some other areas. 
The military commander said that the leader of the Islamic 
Movement of Uzbekistan, Tahir Yuldashev is hiding in Waziristan. 
Yuldashev has been accused of instigating attacks in Waziristan. 
General Khattak said there is no evidence to establish that Osama 
bin Laden is hiding in the Pakistani tribal region. 
He denied that any agreement has been struck with militant leader,
Abdullah Mehsud, who was responsible for the kidnapping of two Chinese
engineers. 
One of the Chinese and all five kidnappers died when Pakistan 
forces launched a rescue attempt. 
Mehsud has claimed in interviews that he met with top military 
commander Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) last month and reached an
understanding that the military will halt his search. 
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