50 militants killed in military offensive in Pakistan's northwest
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, April 29, IRNA -- Over 50 militants have been killed in a major offensive against insurgents in Pakistan's northwestern district of Buner, the army said on Wednesday.
Major General Athar Abbas said that the forces used fighter planes to hit positions of the militants in Buner and more than 50 casualties were inflicted on the militants.
He said that one soldier was also killed and three others injured. He added that the security forces are facing stiff resistance from the militants at Ambela area.
He said that the army destroyed two ammunition depots of the militants and also rescued 18 paramilitary soldiers, who were taken by the militants on Tuesday.
The spokesman said that troops were dropped at different parts of Buner through helicopters to take control of the area. He said that Taliban militants are still occupying several areas and also a shrine of famous saint known as 'Pir Baba'.
Major General Athar Abbas said that the security forces are taking care to avoid collateral damage as the militants have taken people hostage.
He said the forces are engaged with those militants who are fleeing the area.
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