4 soldiers, 60 Taliban killed in Orakzai clash

Aerial bombardment has been used in addition to ground operations in the fight against militants in Orakzai.
At least 60 Taliban and four soldiers were killed in clashes between the security forces and Taliban, military sources said on Wednesday.

More than 200 Taliban attacked a security post in Dabori area of Orakzai Agency on Wednesday, in which 4 soldiers were killed and 20 injured. The attack set off a clash between the security personnel and Taliban, in which at least 60 Taliban were killed and 70 others injured, military sources said.

The sources said that the Taliban first launched rocket propelled grenades at the security forces check-post and then opened gunfire, adding that the forces quickly responded and repulsed the attack after a fierce battle, which lasted for around 3 hours.

Also on Wednesday, jet fighters bombed Taliban hideouts in Dabori area, killing 5 Taliban and injuring several others. 3 Taliban hideouts were also destroyed in the airstrikes.

The clashes came as US National Security Adviser Jim Jones and CIA director Leon Panetta are in Pakistan to urge the government to step up pressure on terrorist groups following a botched car-bombing in New York’s Time Square.

Over 700 terrorists have been killed during the past 2 months in the military operation against the Taliban in the Tribal Areas, official sources said.

The military had increased its attacks in Orakzai and Khyber in recent weeks after largely clearing Taliban strongholds in other areas.
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