Skip to comments.Pakistan takes Taliban stronghold (the town of Kaniguram in South Waziristan)
Posted on 11/02/2009 12:43:11 PM PST by NormsRevenge
Pakistani forces say they have seized control of the town of Kaniguram in South Waziristan, one of the Taliban's key regional strongholds.
The army said it had full control of the town, the latest capture in an offensive against militants that began in South Waziristan on 17 October.
The offensive has sparked a string of suicide bomb attacks.
About 35 people were killed in an attack in Rawalpindi and seven were injured on the outskirts of Lahore.
Military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas, in the capital Islamabad, said that the Kaniguram area had been "completely cleared of terrorists".
He said that troops had cleared the area of both mines and improvised explosive devices after carrying out house-to-house searches.
"We have recovered five truck-loads of ammunition, arms and explosives," he said.
The town was thought to have been home to hundreds of Uzbek militants, led by the hardline Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
Encircled by mountains, it also hosts substantial numbers of militants loyal to the Pakistani Taliban, led by Hakimullah Mehsud.
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