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40 militants killed in clashes with Pakistani security forces

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 7, IRNA -- At least 40 militants were killed on Thursday during clashes with security forces in Kurram agency, located in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) of Pakistan along Afghanistan border, according to local media.

Security forces backed by tanks and gunship helicopters made advances in Karawat, Dumbaki, Khalwat and Badama areas.

According to media reports, the government had notified 80 square kilometres of the area in central Kurram as conflict zone.

Central Kurram is adjacent to Tora Bora, reportedly the stronghold of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Militants, having lost their positions in Waziristan and other parts of Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have set up their sanctuaries in Central Kurram.

The military offensive has triggered displacement as large numbers of families have started moving to lower part of the tehsil where a relief camp has been set up at Durrani area.

Officials say about 517 families had been registered at the Durrani camp in Sadda. Reports suggested that a total of 5,000 families have already migrated from the affected areas.

Federal Disaster Management Authority Manager, Ziaur Rehman, told reporters that all displaced people would be accommodated in tents and their problems would be addressed on a priority basis.

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