43 militants arrested in Swat
MINGORA: Security forces and police arrested 43 militants, including five key aides of rebel cleric Maulana Fazlullah, during a daylong search operation in Swat on Friday, while a minor was killed in one of three remote-controlled blasts.
The operation was conducted by both army and police officials. The sources said that the security forces had started to prepare for a major operation, adding that a curfew had been imposed from 3pm and would last for an indefinite period of time.
However, an Inter-Services Public Relations statement released on Friday said that the curfew was imposed to facilitate the search and cordon operations. Separately, a minor was killed and two people injured in three remote-controlled bomb blasts. The blasts also completely destroyed two vehicles.