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Pakistan Taliban leader, 20 others killed

Feb. 1, 2012 at 7:49 AM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Security forces conducting an operation in Pakistan's tribal region killed a Taliban commander and 20 other suspected militants, officials said Wednesday.

Military officials said the forces destroyed the headquarters of Mullah Toofan and killed Pakistan Taliban Commander Moinud Din in the attacks, CNN reported.

The officials Din was a senior Taliban leader in Orakzai Agency, one of seven federally administered tribal areas of Pakistan.

The Pakistani Taliban appointed Malik Noor Jamal, or Mullah Toofan, as their caretaker leader in 2010 following reports chief Hakimullah Mehsud was dead.

Pakistani forces and militants regularly fight in the tribal region of northwest Pakistan, considered a safe haven for the Taliban.

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