35 militants killed in Pak clashes

Islamabad: At least 35 militants and a security personnel were killed in clashes with security forces in northwest Pakistan`s restive Orakzai tribal region today, officials said.

The clashes erupted while security forces were conducting a clearance operation in Balaras and Khadezai areas of Orakzai Agency, officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels.

A total of 35 militants were gunned down by the troops, officials said. One security personnel was killed and four more were injured during the operation. Troops had taken control of Balaras area, the officials said.

Pakistani troops have conducted several operations against pro-Taliban militants in Orakzai Agency, one of seven semi-autonomous tribal districts in the country`s northwest.