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Pakistan ups the ante in fight against militants

At least 32 militants were killed on Friday by the Pakistan Army in the restive northwest region bordering Afghanistan, taking the number of terrorists killed to 89 after the Peshawar school massacre that left 148 people dead.

The Army targeted the rebels in Khyber Valley when they were moving towards the Afghanistan border. “Security forces ambushed the moving group at Wurmagai and Spurkot, killing 32 terrorists in exchange of fire,” it said in a statement, adding three security personnel were also injured.

The Army intensified operations in the region after Tuesday’s terrorist attack on Army Public School in Peshawar that left 132 children and 16 staff members dead.

The Army on Thursday killed 57 militants in massive airstrikes in the area. The security forces have killed hundreds of militants in the region but they are still far from defeated. The militants hide in the mountainous porous border and frequently cross towards Afghanistan to escape army operation.

Rangers carry out ops

Meanwhile, two Taliban commanders were among 12 militants, including foreigners, shot dead by Pakistani forces on Friday in Karachi and Ziarat district of troubled neighbouring province of Balochistan, officials said.

Para-military Rangers carried out an early morning raid in Musharraf colony near the beach area of Hawksbye in Karachi and killed four Taliban militants, including local commander Abid Muchar.

In Ziarat, security offices killed eight militants, mostly foreigners, including a local Taliban commander. “We have also recovered arms and ammunition from the possession of militants,” a security official said.


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