Swat Taliban chief Fazlullah seriously injured: Pak Army

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Islamabad, July 9 (ANI): The Pakistan Army has claimed that Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the Taliban's Swat chapter, has been grievously wounded in an attack by security forces.

Addressing a joint press conference with Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Athar Abbas said the Army has obtained information through reliable sources that Fazlullah has been injured.

"We have received credible information about his sustaining critical injuries following an attack by security forces," The News quoted Major General Abbas, as saying.

He said that operation in Swat and Buner has been completed and claimed that these areas have been cleared of militants. aira said that the area has been cleared of "terrorists", but a military statement issued on Wednesday said that some pockets of resistance remained.The military claims to have killed about 1,600 militants in their northwest operation, but such tolls are impossible to verify. As Swat operations wrap up, military and government officials have vowed to open up a second front against Pakistan's main Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud, who is holed up in the lawless tribal areas along the Afghan border.Major General Athar Abbas said that there are terrorists in some areas conducting activities, adding the extremists are being chased and their training centers have been razed.He added the process of targeting the hideouts of extremists will continue for some time and the Pak Army will stay in Swat.When enquired about the expansion of the military offensive in North Waziristan from South Waziristan, Major General Abbas said the military has no such plans. (ANI)

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