'50 killed' in Kurram offensive: Officials

Officials say four-day air and ground offensive against militants had left 42 enemy fighters and eight soldiers dead.

Afp July 08, 2011
'50 killed' in Kurram offensive: Officials

PESHAWAR: Officials said on Friday that a four-day air and ground offensive against militants in Kurram had left 42 enemy fighters and eight soldiers dead on the Afghan border.

There was no independent confirmation of the death toll because journalists and aid workers do not have free access to the district.

The military announced the operation on Monday, under pressure from Washington to do more to destroy militant sanctuaries since US Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2.

"We have cleared the Jawaki, Mantao and Sarkat areas of central Kurram during four days of operations in the region," a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"We have killed 42 militants and injured over 100. Eight soldiers have also been killed. Taliban are on the run and we are marching ahead," he said.

Another official said that at least 40 militants had been killed in Kurram, a flashpoint for sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

"At least 40 militants have been killed by the forces. Resistance by the militants against the military is very limited," said Shahab Ali Shah, a local government official.

He said that more than 500 families who fled the fighting had registered with the government for shelter. Around 28,000 people are understood to have fled the offensive, but most have sought accommodation with relatives.

In the tribal district of Khyber, local administration official Syed Ahmed Jan, a local administration official, said 10 people were killed in clashes between the Lashkar-e-Islam network and a pro-government militia.


Incredible | 13 years ago | Reply

The army should clear up the debris of a mindset which it had itself created and allowed to grow,"

Ibrahim | 13 years ago | Reply


Kashmir is an internationally recognised dispute and a genuine freedom struggle being fought against a brutal occupaton by India. What are these militants ih Kurram fighting for?

No double standards here, just you ignoring the facts.

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