In its first major military offensive, Pakistan’s newly elected government deployed 700 frontier corps troops late last week, to combat armed fighters of the Lashkar e-Islam group in the Northwest Frontier Province.
According to Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper, Maj-Gen Mohammad Alam Khattak of the Frontier Corps, said that “one militant had been killed and a private jail and three other buildings demolished."
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The general added that Pakistani “forces had occupied all heights and clamped a curfew on the region.” The capital of the Northwest Frontier Province, Peshawar, has been the site of repeated attacks by Lashkar e-Islam, a group affiliated with the Taliban.
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