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Dozens of militants reported killed

October 13, 2008

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— Security forces clashed with militants in two northwest Pakistani tribal regions, killing more than 50 alleged insurgents, a paramilitary statement and a government official said.

Meanwhile, intelligence officials said that a suspected U.S. missile strike in a nearby tribal region had killed five people, but none was believed to be a foreign al-Qaida fighter.

Pakistan's Frontier Corps, in a vague, two-sentence press release Sunday, said its paramilitary troops killed 27 alleged insurgents, including two "important commanders," in the Orakzai tribal region. The clashes followed Friday's suicide bombing in Orakzai that killed dozens of anti-Taliban tribesmen.

The statement claimed a dozen suicide bombers were among those killed Sunday by the security forces. Frontier Corps officials could not immediately be reached for more details.

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