Clashes kill seven soldiers, 22 militants in tribal belt
[Dawn] At least seven soldiers and 22 bully boyz died in festivities between Pak troops and bully boyz in the restive northwestern tribal belt over the past 24 hours, officials said Saturday.
Security forces carried out a search operation in South Wazoo region and killed 12 bully boys, a military official said.
He said the operation was launched early on Saturday in Shin Warsak area near the region's main town of Wana following a tip off from intelligence sources that some bully boyz were hiding in the area.
"During an exchange of fire 12 bully boyz were killed and four soldiers embraced martyrdom," he said.
Another official in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar, the main city in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province confirmed the clash, saying "the sting operation is now over." The Pak military in 2009 carried out a sweeping offensive into parts of South Waziristan in order to disable the headquarters of the country's main Taliban faction.
Many of the Taliban capos and their foot soldiers are believed to have decamped into the neighbouring district of North Waziristan, where Pakistain has so far resisted American pressure for a similar offensive.
The search operation in South Waziristan follows an increase in bully boy kabooms in the northwest.
Earlier three soldiers and more than 10 bully boyz were killed after dozens of Talibs stormed a check post in a tribal region near the Afghan border overnight.
The attack took place at a check post in Khadizai area on the outskirts of Kalaya, the main town in the lawless Orakzai district, a senior military officer said.
Independent confirmation of the corpse count was not immediately possible as the lawless tribal region is barred for journalists.
Khadizai is located in Upper Orakzai most of which is in Taliban hands and is the scene of frequent festivities between security forces and bully boyz while government troops are in control of its lower reaches.
Posted by: Fred