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31 Taliban, three soldiers killed in Bajaur operation

28 August, 2012

PESHAWAR: An operation against Taliban militants in the volatile area of the country's northwest on Monday left 36 dead, which included three security personnel and two members of the peace committee, military sources said.

Security forces had launched the operation to clear Batwar area of Bajaur of Taliban militants who had crossed over from the neighbouring Kunar province of Afghanistan.

At least 31 Taliban militants, three security personnel and two peace committee members were reported killed in the clashes, the sources confided to our sources on Monday.

"Most of the area has been cleared of militants," they said. However, the operation was still continuing to evict remaining few militants from the area, the military sources went on to say.

Bajaur was Taliban's stronghold before the military moved in. However, a safe haven across the border in Afghanistan gave the fleeing Taliban a new lease of life, allowing them to attack Pakistani security check-posts along the Afghan border. Pakistan has lost more than 3,000 soldiers in the fight against terrorism.

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