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Pakistani forces bomb militant training facility

October 30, 2006 12:37 IST

In a pre-dawn operation, Pakistani troops, backed by helicopter gunships, bombed a religious seminary being used as a terrorist training facility in a northwestern tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

Security forces attacked the madrassa located north of Khar, the headquarters of Bajur tribal agency, at 5 am.

"There were casualties as between 70 to 80 people were present at the madrassa when the security forces conducted the operation," army spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan said.

The exact number of casualties is not known.

"The attack was launched after confirmed information was received that the inmates were involved in terrorist training," Sultan said adding that the seminary was being observed for few days.

"Gunship helicopters were used and most of the targets were eliminated," he was quoted as saying.

It is the second major attack on Bajur in less than a year.

Locals said a local leader of a banned group 'Tanzeem Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi' owned the targeted madrassa.

In January, the US launched a missile strike on a village in the Bajur area in an effort to kill al Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The strike killed 18 people but Pakistani officials said that al-Zawahiri was not among the dead.

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Sub: PAK bombs madrassa

It is good news for the world

Posted by Lokanath

Sub: Pak bombs madrassa, 80 killed

This is yet another elimination process by Musharraf to see that he is safe in his gaddi as he did in the case of the ...

Posted by H. Rajagopal

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First help creating madrassas and then bomb them. Why is Pak doing all this ? N. Jain

Posted by N. Jain

Sub: Pak bomb madrassa, 80 killed?

Funny isn't it - Islamic Pak's air force can bomb their own madrassas, killing scores of 'Islamic terrorists', yet India's 'secular' spineless govt will be ...

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Sub: Pak bombs madrassa,80 killed

This news item is puzzling for the following reasons: [1] madrassas in Pak are normally not known to be an arms training centre;they are religious ...

Posted by Rajat Narain



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