Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pakistani Jets Pound Taliban Hide-outs in South Waziristan

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Intelligence officials say fighter jets have pounded suspected militant hide-outs in the South Waziristan tribal region as part of ongoing operations against Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud. At least eight militants were killed.

Meanwhile, police said gunmen ambushed five police officers and a forestry official responding to reports of a dead body in northwestern Pakistan, killing all six.

The fighter jets hit several locations in South Waziristan on Sunday, killing eight militants in one spot, two intelligence officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to speak to media, told The Associated Press.

South Waziristan is part of the lawless tribal region along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, and top Taliban and Al Qaida leaders are believed to be hiding there.

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