Pakistan Security Brief
Pakistan Security Brief - August 27, 2009�
Pakistani security forces killed several militants during a clash in the Swat valley and a dozen other militants were arrested; a Pakistani government official stated that over eighty percent of the 2.2 million internally displaced residents of the Swat valley have returned to their homes; a suicide bomber struck a police post on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham, killing over a dozen; nine militants and four Pakistani soldiers were reportedly killed during a clash near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan in South Waziristan on Wednesday; a drone missile struck in South Waziristan on Thursday killing six people including Uzbek militants, according to intelligence officials.
- The Pakistani military reported that three militants, including a commander, were killed during a firefight with security forces in Kakrai area of the Swat valley. Elsewhere in the region, five more militants were killed and thirteen arrested in the ongoing operation.
- On Thursday the Pakistani government's top relief official, Lieutenant-General Nadeem Ahmed, said over 80 percent of the 2.2 million people who fled the military operation in Swat have returned to their homes.
- A suicide bomb attack on a Pakistan-Afghanistan border police station killed fifteen people in Torkham, Khyber Agency, on Thursday. The bomber struck the residential barracks as officers were breaking their fast; most of the dead are believed to be policemen.
According to officials, nine militants and four Pakistani soldiers died in a firefight near the Afghan border in South Waziristan Agency on Wednesday. The attack reportedly took place in a senior Taliban commander's stronghold.
- A missile from a U.S. drone struck the town of Kaniguram in South Waziristan Agency on Thursday killing six people. According to intelligence officials, the dead are believed to be Uzbek militants but a Taliban spokesman claimed women and children also died in the strike.