Factbox - Security developments in Pakistan, 17 Oct 2008

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Oct 17 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Pakistan at 1125 GMT on Friday:

BAJAUR - Pakistani warplanes and helicopter gunships killed 12 al Qaeda-linked militants on Friday in attacks on their positions in the Bajaur region on the Afghan border, a paramilitary force official said.

The Pakistani military said it has killed about 1,100 militants in Bajaur since August but there has been no independent verification of that casualty estimate.

SWAT - Jet fighters bombed militant hideouts in the norwestern Swat valley but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.

SWAT - Militants ambushed a military convoy with a roadside bomb in Swat but there were no casualties.

NORTH WAZIRISTAN - Gunmen kidnapped a Pakistani doctor, Mazhar Khan, working with a non-governmental organisation in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, a known sanctuary for al Qaeda and Taliban militants, a doctor in the region said.

(Reporting by Junaid Khan, Haji Mujtaba and Sahibzada Bahauddin; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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