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Violence continues in Pakistan's Swat Valley

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Latest update : 2008-08-03

The Swat Valley in northwestern Pakistan has again been rocked by violent clashes between the military and pro-Taliban militants, with at least 15 militants and one policeman killed on Sunday.

At least 15 militants and one Pakistani soldier were killed Sunday in clashes in the troubled northwestern Swat Valley, the military said in a statement.
   
The fighting, which took place in Matta district, came after pro-Taliban militants in the area claimed responsibility for a bomb blast the day before that killed killed six policemen and three paramilitary soldiers.
   
"At least 15 militants were killed and many injured, in an exchange of fire with security forces," the military said in a brief statement.
   
"One security forces personnel also embraced martyrdom."
   
The valley has been rocked by fierce clashes in which more than 60 militants loyal to pro-Taliban cleric Maulana Fazlullah have now been killed since Tuesday by government security forces, according to officials.
 

Date created : 2008-08-03

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