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Army claims 80 per cent of Mohmand cleared

September 01, 2011

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The army has reclaimed 80 to 85 per cent area of the Mohmand Agency, said the senior official. — Reuters photo

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Army claimed that it had cleared a major part of the Mohmand tribal area of militants and the operation being conducted in the region would be completed in a few days, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives, Corps Commander Peshawar Lt Gen Asif Yasin Malik said that the army had reclaimed 80 to 85 per cent area of the Mohmand Agency.

He said that the army was clearing the region of land mines so that internally displaced people (IDPs) belonging to Mohmand can return to the area and remain safe.

Mr Malik informed journalists that 72 soldiers, including three officers, had embraced martyrdom during the operation.

He said that the large number of IDPs belonging to the tribal region had returned to their homes and others would come back soon.