PESHAWAR - At least 20 Al-Qaeda-linked militants, including eight foreigners, were killed and several others injured when helicopter gunships targeted their suspected hideouts in Badan area of Bajaur Agency, officials disclosed on Wednesday. The officials in Khar, Headquarters of Bajaur Agency, further said that a number of militants' strongholds were also destroyed in the strikes. The officials also claimed that the writ of law has been restored in Khar and its adjoining areas. All the checkposts and roads in the area have been reopened with help of traditional tribal lashkars, the officials added. They also said that the traditional lashkar of Salarzai tribe, after flushing away the militants, has taken control of the area. Moreover, 73 militants have been shifted Central Jail Haripur by the political administration of Bajaur Agency, the officials informed. Meanwhile, the evacuation of Afghan refugees from Bajaur Agency is in progress. Thousands of Afghan refugees have either shifted to adjacent Dir District and Mohmand Agency or have gone to Kunar province of Afghanistan. Agencies add: "Twelve local and eight foreign militants including their important commanders were killed in the successful airstrike," a security official told AFP. "The action was taken after observing militants' movements in Badan, the village of Taliban leader Maulvi Faqir Muhammad, the deputy of Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud," the official added. A government official, Muhammad Jamil Khan, earlier said that 12 militants, including two foreigners were killed by helicopter gunships in the Badan area. He did not disclose the nationality of the two "foreigners," a term used by Pakistan authorities for Al-Qaeda militants. APP adds: At least five pro-Taliban militants were killed and 27 miscreants were arrested by security forces during the on going operation in Darra Adam Khel tribal area of FR Kohat, security officials said. They said security forces targeted militants with artillery and pounded suspected hideouts of miscreants in Tor Chapar, Akhurwal and Peerwal Khel areas, killing five militants and 27 militants surrendered before security forces. Meanwhile, at least three security personnel were injured when security forces clashed with militants in Sheen Dhand tribal area of Kohat district. The injured security men were identified as Noor Shah Gul, Gul Rasool and Nisar. They were shifted to CMH hospital Kohat. Likewise, a security convoy was targeted with a remote control bomb in Abbas area of Dara Adam Khel. However, no loss to life was reported in the incident. Issa Khanhail from Swat adds: At least 18 militants have been arrested in Gul Jabba area of Tehsil Kabal during a search operation by the security forces while the houses of four other militants have been destroyed, ISPR sources revealed here on Wednesday.    According to the sources, the security forces launched door-to-door search operation on Wednesday morning, in which 18 Taliban militants, including their some important commanders, were arrested. They also said that the security forces also blew up four houses of the alleged Taliban militants with explosive material. Security forces also targeted the suspected hideouts of the militants in Teghak, Totano Banda area in Tehsil Kabal as result of which four civilian were injured. Later, they were shifted to Saidu Sharif Hospital. Meanwhile, the local residents informed TheNation that militants destroyed the houses of three brothers of a union council Nazim, Jamshid Ali. The militants had also blown up the houses, damaging them partially, a few days earlier. This time militants again targeted the said houses and completely destroyed their remaining parts. While on the other hand, TTP Swat Chapter Chief Maulana Fazalulah in his FM radio address from an undisclosed location announced general amnesty for those who would disassociate themselves from the government. He said that the pro-government politicians, senators and advisors have committed heinous crimes by targeting the innocent people on the behest of the United States and these are unpardonable mistakes. However, he added, if they mend their ways, they would be granted amnesty. He also held government responsible for the shuttered economy of the people. Moreover, Taliban militants have also asked all mobile companies, having towers in the area, to pay Rs 30,000 per month for each tower and five lacks per month for main server, otherwise they would be blow up their installations. Meanwhile, the breakdown in power and water supplies have made the life of common men extremely miserable in Mingora and other parts of Swat District. PESCO, which had restored power supply to some the feeders, only providing electricity to Army and official places only. Monitoring Desk adds: The unmanned planes continue to hover over various parts of North Waziristan, reported a private TV channel on Wednesday. The drones continued hovered over Dandi, Darpakhel, Ghulam Khan, Saidgai, Hamzoni Tolkhel and Razmak areas in North Waziristan. The tribal people, it is said fired shots at spy planes with light and heavy arms. However, there was no report of any casualties.