At least 40 militants were killed in a fierce clash with security forces in Kurram agency on Thursday. The clash between militants and security forces erupted in the Manato area of Kurram Agency, leaving 40 militants dead, a Private TV Channel quoted official and tribal sources as saying. The Personnel of security forces were also injured in the clash. On the other hand, the security forces backed by tanks and gunship helicopters made advances in Karawat, Dumbaki, Khalwat and Badama areas. The forces faced stiff resistance in the Murghan, Manato and Pongey areas.