Pakistani soldiers killed in Swat

Clash with pro-Taliban group in country's northwest claims at least 20 lives.

     

    A military spokesman in Swat also confirmed the incident and said security forces had foiled a suicide attack on Tuesday and destroyed a explosives-laden vehicle in the area.

    Swat battleground

    For the past year, security forces have been fighting loyalists of pro-Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah, who has led a violent campaign to impose Taliban-style law in Swat, a mountain valley once popular with tourists.

    Pakistan also launched a military offensive in August against fighters in the nearby Bajaur tribal region, bordering Afghanistan.

    Pakistani tribal lands are regarded as safe havens for al-Qaeda and pro-Taliban fighters.

    Violence has surged in these regions since 2007, and the number of US missile strikes by pilotless drone aircraft against fighter targets have increased in recent months.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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