Pakistani helicopter gunships kill 4 militants

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 13 (Reuters) Pakistani helicopter gunships killed four militants and destroyed bunkers and ammunition dumps at a village in a northwestern region where a pro-Taliban rebel has led an insurrection, the military said today.

More than 200 people have been killed in clashes between fighters commanded by Maulana Fazlullah and security forces over the past few weeks in Swat, a picturesque, mountainous district of North West Frontier Province that was formerly a tourist haven.

The focus came off the violence in Swat after President Pervez Musharraf declared emergency rule and suspended the constitution on November 3, but military spokesman Major-General Waheed Arshad said security forces were keeping up pressure on Fazlullah's followers.

''We have used helicopter gunships in the last few days to target militant positions and their bunkers,'' he said.

Today's raid targeted militant positions at the village of Sambit, according to another military official.

Five more militants were wounded in another clash in the area, while paramilitary troops captured five fighters, along with arms and explosives at a third village.

Arshad ruled out any negotiations with the militants.

REUTERS SKB BD1756

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