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Pakistani forces kill 15 militants

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 23, IRNA -- Pakistani army said Thursday the security forces have killed at least 15 militants in Orakzai tribal region.

The militants also blew up a basic health unit in the same region, officials said.

The army said that the forces used artillery to shell the hideouts of the Taliban-linked militants at Mashti-Mela area of Orakzai agency, a stronghold of Taliban.

Thousands of troops are taking part in the Orakzai operation, which has not been much publicized by the army.

UN officials say that over 200,000 people have fled Orakzai since the fighting started in mid-March.

Officials say that most of the Taliban militants from South Waziristan tribal region have moved into Orakzai agency.

The army said that a soldier was also killed during clashes, a statement from the paramilitary Frontier Crops said.

Meanwhile, the army said that the militants attacked a security checkpoint at Kabal area of Swat valley on Thursday.

No one was killed in the attack.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1072392



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