| GEO Pakistan|
| 13 Taliban killed in Bajaur offensive: officials|
| Updated at: 0350 PST, Wednesday, October 01, 2008|
KHAR: Pakistani troops backed by gunship helicopters killed 13 Taliban militants in fresh clashes in the restive tribal district of Bajaur on the Afghan border, officials said Tuesday.
Four Islamist insurgents were killed Tuesday and two were wounded in the shelling of a suspected vehicle in the town of Mamoond, a security official said on condition of anonymity.
Troops killed another five extremists after a group of militants launched an attack on a military checkpost in the same town, sparking a gunbattle that lasted nearly one hour, the official said.
A further four militants were killed overnight when jets pounded suspected hideouts in the area, security officials said.
The house of a known Taliban commander, Maulana Muhammad Muneer, was damaged, they said.
The army says more than 1,000 extremists have been killed in its six-week operation in Bajaur, including Al-Qaeda's operational commander in the region, Egyptian Abu Saeed Al-Masri.