Monday, June 14, 2010

10 militants killed, 6 injured in Orakzai air raids

At least 10 militants were killed and another six wounded Monday in Orakzai tribal agency, as security forces jets pounded at militants' hideouts, destroying two in the restive northwest tribal areas of Pakistan, official sources said.
In an attempt to clean the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan of Taliban militants, Pakistani military had launched an operation in Orakzai and Kurram agencies in March this year using both ground and air firepower, killing over 1,000 militants. It has achieved significant progress in the area.
While in a recent visit to the restive region, General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani announced a victory against the militants, predicting a much awaited and long demanded military operation by the United States in the nearby North Waziristan area, which has said to be housing al-Qaeda operatives and fleeing militants from other tribal areas of Pakistan.
According to official sources 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) have returned to the lower Orakzai after the end of operation last month. However, local sources do not see the situation much changed in the central and upper Orakzai where militants resistance is still going on.