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Pakistan army kills 30 Taliban militants: official

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 5, IRNA -- Pakistan security forces have killed 30 militants in a tribal region, officials said on Thursday.

One soldier was killed in the clash in Mohmand tribal region near Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province, they said.

Four soldiers were also injured.

The clash took place after the militants attacked a security check post at Safi area of Mohmand agency.

The security forces returned fire and killed 30 militants while one soldier also lost life, according to the officials.

Private TV channels reported that four paramilitary soldiers were killed in the incident.

Mohmand agency is situated between the Bajuar tribal region and Peshawar.

Officials believe that militants have moved from Bajaur to Mohmand region.

Last year the local tribal Lashkar or army had arrested central spokesman of Pakistani Taliban Maulvi Omar in Muhmand who had taken shelter in the area.

The army announced this week that the forces have taken control of the whole Bajaur agency, once controlled by the Taliban militants.

Meanwhile, a bomb blast riped through a shop in the city of Mardan, some 60 kilometers northeast of Peshawar, police said.

The shop caught fire after the blast but no one was hurt as the shop was closed at the time of the blast.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 994322



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