PESHAWAR - At least seven soldiers and 35 militants were killed in clashes between security forces and extremists and blast in different areas of northwestern tribal belt over the past 24 hours, officials said on Saturday.
Dozens of insurgents armed with guns and rockets stormed a security check post in Khadizai area of Upper Orakzai Agency. The security forces retaliated and in the exchange of fire 15 militants were killed and three soldiers embraced martyrdom.
Security forces have been engaged in military action in the area for the past several months in which several militants have been killed and dozen others injured.  The security forces claimed to have inflicted heavy losses on the militants . However, the claim was rejected by the insurgents.  It is pertinent to mention here that a large number of people have fled the area and shifted to Hagu and Tall.
Agencies add: At least four soldiers and 12 militants died in clashes in South Waziristan.
Security forces carried out a search operation in South Waziristan region and killed 12 militants , a military official said.
He said the operation was launched early Saturday in Shin Warsak area near the region’s main town of Wana following a tip off from intelligence sources that some militants were hiding in the area. “During an exchange of fire 12 militants were killed and four soldiers embraced martyrdom,” he said.
Another official in Peshawar confirmed the clash, saying “the sting operation is now over.”
The Pakistani military in 2009 carried out a sweeping offensive into parts of South Waziristan in order to disable the headquarters of the country’s main Taliban faction. Separately, eight militants including an important commander died while making a bomb in the area of Bara Akakhel, Khyber Agency.
According to the security sources, militants were engaged in making a bomb when the improvised explosives device went off. The explosion killed eight people including important commanders identified as Nazir Ahmed, Abdul Malik, Haji Toor.