Peshawar, September 23:
Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships killed 60 Taliban and Al Qaeda militants near the Afghan border, just days after the Marriott Hotel was bombed.
A soldier was also killed in two days of fierce clashes with Islamist fighters near Peshawar.
Pakistanâ€™s new civilian government vowed at the weekend to crack down on ilitant â€œhotspotsâ€ in the wake of Saturdayâ€™s devastating suicide attack on the hotel that killed at least 60 people.
Troops yesterday launched a â€œsearch and cordonâ€ operation to clear extremists from a strategic road tunnel and other hideouts in Dara Adam Khel, a restive region just outside Peshawar, the army said.
â€œMore than 50 of them have been killed and one soldier was also martyred,â€ said military spokesman Major Murad Khan.