Pakistani forces used artillery to pound militant hideouts in the northwestern region of Orakzai, killing six suspected Pakistani Taliban insurgents, security officials said.
Last month, one security official and at least ten militants were killed during a clash in the Upper Orakzai Agency
An operation had been launched in Orakzai Agency in March 2010 to clear the agency of militants. Security forces claimed that they had cleared most areas of militants except the Mamozai area in Upper Orakzai.
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