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January 28, 2013

Six militants killed in Tirah clashes

January 28, 2013

BARA: At least six militants were killed and four others sustained injuries in fighting between the Tirah-based pro-government Ansarul Islam (AI) and the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Maidan area of Khyber Agency late Saturday night, tribal sources said.
The sources said the AI had been continuing attacks at regular intervals on Senghakh hilltop, separating Adamkhel area of Maidan in Tirah valley from Arghinjo area in upper Orakzai Agency, since Saturday but failed to retake it from the TTP.
At least four militants of the TTP and two from AI were killed in the fighting late Saturday night. The clashes erupted between the two militant organisations early Friday morning when the TTP attacked AI positions from Arghinjo and Kukikhel in the valley and took over five hilltops. Subsequently, the AI hit back and retook four positions except Senghakh hilltop on the same day.
Since Friday, 19 militants from the TTP and 16 from the AI have reportedly been killed in the ongoing fighting.

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