Pak security forces kill over 43 Taliban in separate clashes in FATA

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Islamabad, May 10 (ANI): Over 43 extremists have been killed in separate operations conducted by Pakistan security forces across the Federally Administered Tribal Areas over the last 24 hours.

Ground troops assisted by fighter jets killed at least 33 militants in Orakzai Agency, officials said.

Pakistan Air Force jets pounded suspected Taliban hideouts in Kasha, Teerangra , Khawri and other regions killing over 10 militants, The Daily Times reports.

Security forces also claimed to have killed two Taliban commanders in Swat.

On Sunday, at least 10 suspected extremists were killed and several others wounded in a US drone strike in North Waziristan.

Security officials said unmanned aircrafts targeted a suspected militant hideout in Inzarkas village, situated some 50 kilometres west of Miranshah, the main town in the volatile North Waziristan region killing 10 extremists on the spot.

"The missiles struck a militant compound in the village, killing at least 10 rebels," a local security official said.

"It was, however, not immediately known if any high-value target was present in the area at the time of attack," the official added.

The missile hit came amidst reports that the United States is planning to greatly expand the use of drones against militants in Pakistan's troubled tribal regions along the Afghanistan border following the failed Times Square bombing plot, which was masterminded by an American citizen of Pakistan origin, Faisal Shahzad. (ANI)

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