Pakistani air raids kill 70 civilians


Deutsche Presse-Agentur
April 12, 2010

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Islamabad – Pakistani forces killed 23 Taliban militants on Sunday, a day after 70 civilians reportedly died and over 50 were injured in air raids in country’s militancy-plagued tribal region near the Afghan border, officials and locals said.

The strikes were carried out in the Orakzai district, where government forces are conducting an offensive to eliminate al-Qaeda and Taliban hideouts, and in the neighbouring district of Khyber.

A spokesman of the paramilitary Frontier Corps force, Major Fazalur Rehman, said 12 militants died and six were injured Sunday in a clash with troops in the Orakzai villages of Kangra and Saam.

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