At least nine injured in attack on leader of militia that helps army battle pro-Taliban insurgency in northwestern Pakistan
ISLAMABAD – A rocket attack on the house of a pro-government militia leader has injured nine people on Wednesday.
Suspected militants fired at the house in the northwestern Khyber Agency, according to a military official who requested anonymity.
The injured are family members of commander Sadiq Khan, whose militia assists Pakistan's army in fighting the pro-Taliban Lashkar-e-Islam militant group, but there has not been confirmation about whether Khan himself was injured.
Khyber Agency is one of the country's seven semi-autonomous tribal areas and a battleground between Lashkar-e-Islam and security forces. The militants have been pushed out of urban areas but have held onto hideouts in the mountains.
For almost two months now Pakistan's army has been engaged in operations against Taliban militants in North Waziristan, and are beginning to conduct operations in other northwestern tribal areas.
More than 600 suspected militants have been killed in military operations since June 15, and at least 50 soldiers have also been killed in clashes and landmine blasts.
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