Factbox - Security developments in Pakistan, 18 Oct 2008

Oct 18 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Pakistan at 0600 GMT on Saturday. Estimates of militant casualties from the military cannot be independently verified.

* denotes new or updated items.

* SWAT - Pakistani jet fighters bombed militant hideouts in the norwestern Swat valley on Friday, killing about 60 Islamist militants, according to the military.

BAJAUR - Pakistani warplanes and helicopter gunships killed 12 al Qaeda-linked militants 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 - 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 Simon Cameron-Moore)


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