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Army deploys tanks after new clash in Darra

May 12, 2008

DARRA ADAMKHEL, May 11: Army deployed tanks in Darra Adamkhel after security forces clashed with militants on Sunday while the road between Kohat and Peshawar has been blocked.

Sources said two non-combatants were wounded in an exchange of fire and they were taken to Peshawar. Fighting was continuing till late in the evening.

Local people said that the tanks moved in at about noon after militants attacked soldiers checking vehicles near the Friendship Tunnel on the Indus Highway.

They said that the soldiers returned fire and the militants took refuge in a private school in the Shagiwal locality of the Darra town. The troops surrounded the school and tanks pounded its building.

Militants had earlier blown up a college building in the area and kidnapped two people three days ago from the Indus Highway.

Officials said that the militants were believed to be hiding in the basement of the school building. They said they were not sure about the number of militants there.

A curfew was imposed in several localities of Darra.