Pakistani official: 200 militants killed in month

PARACHINAR, Pakistan—A Pakistani official says security forces have killed more than 200 militants over the past month in a tribal area near Afghanistan where the military is waging an anti-Taliban offensive.

Javed Ullah says four of the militants were killed Monday in the Kurram tribal region.

The United Nations says tens of thousands of civilians have fled the area to avoid the summer conflict.

Ullah says one soldier has been killed and 10 wounded over the past month in Kurram. He says the fighting has slowed since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Access to Kurram is restricted and the reports are difficult to independetly verify.

Pakistan’s army has been fighting militants in the tribal belt for years, with limited success.

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