28 pro Taliban militants killed in Pakistan's Swat clashes

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Islamabad, Nov 20 (UNI) Fresh clashes in Pakistan's troubled Swat and Shangla valley have led to the killing of 28 pro Taliban militants and another 31 injured, this morning.

The militants also claimed to have killed seven security personnel.

The security forces fired mortar shells on the hideouts of the extremists along River Swat in Hazara area of Kabal tehsil, killing 12 extremists and injuring 15 others.

The security forces continued the bombardment spell in the coastal areas of Mam Dheri and Kabal, reported Geo TV.

Meanwhile security forces engaged the extreamists in their hideouts in Karora area of Shangla District and killed 16 militants and injured 12 others. The security forces have also flushed out the militants from from Beley Baba area.

Thousands of people were seen fleeing their villages in Kabal tehsil and Shangla yesterday after announcements were made by security forces asking them to leave the area, as the army was set to launch a massive drive against what it called terrorists hiding there.

Trouble continues to brew in Pakistan's insurgency hit north where exteamists loyal to pro Taliban cleric Mullah Fazlullah regularly clash with Pakistan security forces to expand their area of influence. They demand imposition of 'Shariat Law' in the region and run a FM radio station which calls for holy war on the government forces.

UNI

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