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More than 40 killed in offensive

September 06, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Troops killed 43 suspected militants in an operation in the Khyber tribal region and airstrikes elsewhere in the northwest left several more dead in the stronghold of the new Taliban chief, officials said.

Militants frequently attack trucks along the famed Khyber Pass, a main route for supplies destined for U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

The Taliban-linked group Lashkar-e-Islam has been a main target of the latest government offensive in Khyber.

The paramilitary Frontier Corps also said that an important headquarters of Lashkar-e-Islam was also destroyed.

The Khyber operation was launched about a week ago after a suicide bombing at a border checkpoint killed 19 police officers.

The top government official in Khyber, Tariq Hayat Khan, said it would continue until all the militants were flushed out of the region.

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