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Pakistan Forces Strike Suspected Militant Camp in North Waziristan

01 March 2006

Pakistani security forces have attacked a suspected militant training camp near the Afghan border early Tuesday morning. Officials say the raid killed or wounded at least 25 militants and destroyed an explosives stockpile.

Pakistani officials say they launched their offensive before seven a.m. Tuesday as the militants were returning from a raid inside Afghanistan. Ground troops, backed by helicopter gunships, led the attack on the training camp less than five kilometers from the border.

"This compound was targeted early this morning once we got confirmed intelligence that there was a large number of foreign terrorists," said military spokesman, Major-General Shaukat Sultan.

Sultan says the offensive also destroyed a massive cache of arms, rockets and explosives.

Pakistan has deployed tens of thousands of troop to the North Waziristan tribal area to wipe out Taleban insurgent and al-Qaida terrorist camps.

Tuesday's raid comes ahead of President Bush's first visit to Pakistan later this week.

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