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Scores of militants killed in Pakistan clashes

More bodies are recovered from different areas following days of clashes between pro-Taliban militants and Pakistani soldiers in North Waziristan.

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  • Published: 10:40 October 9, 2007
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  • Pakistan Rangers in armed personnel carriers patrol near Islamabad's Red Mosque, which army commandos stormed last July.

Miranshah: More bodies have been recovered from different areas following days of clashes between pro-Taliban militants and Pakistani soldiers in North Waziristan, the military said.

At least 65 pro-Taliban militants and 25 Pakistani soldiers were killed in new clashes in Pakistan's North Waziristan on Monday.

"Today, we recovered 25 more bodies of our soldiers from different areas and we have reports that 130 militants were killed in three days," said Military spokesman Major-General Waheed Arshad.

The clashes took place near the town of Mir Ali. The military had reported that 50 soldiers were missing in the area during the clashes.

Arshad said contacts had been established with around 30 soldiers. "They are back at their positions and efforts were under way to locate other soldiers," he said.

Waziristan is a hotbed of support for Taliban and Al Qaida militants, who fled to the region after US-led forces drove them out of Afghanistan in late 2001.

Militants in neighbouring South Waziristan have been holding about 225 soldiers since the end of August.

Pakistan has seen a surge of violence since July when militants scrapped a peace deal with authorities in North Waziristan and army commandos stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad.

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