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Security forces kill 7 militants in NW Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Oct 2, IRNA -- Pakistani security forces killed seven militants in the recent clashes in north western tribal region, media reported on Monday.

The clash took place in the Orakzai Agency. Meanwhile a security personnel was also killed in a remotely-detonated blast in Orakzai agency.

According to reports the blast occurred in Mamozai area of Orakzai agency, killing one security person and injuring two others.

In a subsequent operation carried out by security forces two militant hideouts and one vehicle were destroyed. Seven militants were also killed in the operation.

Orakzai Agency, the lone tribal region of Pakistan which does not have borders with Afghanistan, had been once the stronghold of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP.

The security forces had established posts in different parts of Orakzai agency after expelling the militants of most of their former base. But they are still hiding in several remote and hilly areas and launch attacks on the forces.

Many TTP leaders also took shelter in Orakzai after they were expelled as the result of major offensive by Pakistani forces in South Waziristan tribal region in 2009.

Orakzai had been relatively peaceful tribal region before the Taliban activities there.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80350610

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