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48 killed in NW Pakistan

English.news.cn   2010-03-25 21:04:46 FeedbackPrintRSS

ISLAMABAD, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's jet fighters pounded militants' hideouts in northwest Pakistan's tribal area on Thursday, killing at least 48 people and injuring 32 others, local sources said.

The Pakistani forces targeted various suspected hideouts of militants in Mamozai area of Orakzai Agency. However, the sources did not tell the number of civilians among the casualties.

The fresh operation started in the morning when the security forces retaliated in response to militants' attack against the security checkpost in Mir Baka of Orakzai.

It was the second attack launched by militants against the security forces in the agency in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, local officials told Xinhua that an important Taliban commander Mian Gul was also arrested in Storikheil area of Orakzai during the ongoing operation.

Editor: Xiong Tong

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