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35 militants arrested in NW Pakistan search operations

Written By vibykhmer on Monday, August 24, 2009 | 1:25 AM

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- As many as 35 militants arrested in ongoing search operations in northwest Pakistan during the last24 hours, an army statement said Monday.

Pakistani security forces continued search operations in various areas of Swat and Malakand in North West Frontier Province(NWFP). 35 militants were arrested and six militants voluntarily surrendered to security forces in Swat, according to Inter Services Public Relations.

Relief activities were continued, and 265,012 cash cards have been distributed amongst the internally displaced persons of Malakand.

Over 1,600 militants have been killed since Pakistani security forces launched the military operation against Taliban militants late April after militants in early April entered the Buner district from the neighboring Swat district and refused to vacate the area despite their pledge to do so.

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