Pakistan Says 60 Suspected
Killed in 2 Days of Fighting
military says its soldiers have killed about 60 suspected militants
in two days of fighting in the northwest of the country. Security officials say at least 10 suspected militants were
killed in the Bajaur area Tuesday, while more than 50 insurgents
and one soldier were killed in clashes outside Peshawar a day
Officials say the fighting is part of the continuing offensive
against suspected al-Qaida-linked militants in the region.
Also Tuesday, in the Swat Valley, witnesses say police shot
and killed at least five people, after thousands of people set
fire to banks during demonstrations against civilian deaths in
the military offensive.
Meanwhile, a senior U.S. official denied reports that a suspected
U.S. drone crashed in South Waziristan tribal region bordering
Afghanistan late Tuesday. The Pentagon said no Defense Department
drones are missing.
A Pakistani intelligence official said earlier that, although
he had no information about the incident, he had heard rumors
the drone was shot down.
Also Tuesday, the United Nations refugee agency appealed for
$17 million in aid to help more than 250,000 people displaced
by the fighting and floods.
Pakistan’s government estimates nearly 90,000 people have fled
the fighting in Swat and other areas of North West Frontier Province.
Some analysts say the recent bombing of Islamabad’s Marriott
hotel, which killed scores of people, was the militants’ response
to the military’s ongoing operation in the tribal regions.