Top militant commander killed, over 350,000 Afghan refugees return home

Staff Report

PESHAWAR -- A top militant commander was killed in a clash with security forces in Tank District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province October 19, The Express Tribune reported.

A commander of the Shura-e-Mujahideen Waziristan was killed in an intelligence based operation in Gomal Darra area between Tank District and South Waziristan Agency, a security official told The Express Tribune.

He was involved in 2009 attack on Pakistan's military headquarters and was expert in training suicide bombers.

Meanwhile, the repatriation of Afghan refugees to their home country continues as more than 350,000 registered and non-registered refugees crossed over to Afghanistan from Pakistan this year, the UN data showed, Dawn reported October 19.

Some 369,422 refugees - 162,186 unregistered and 207,236 registered - have retu­r­ned to Afghanistan from Pakistan, according to the Office for the Co-ordination of Hum­anitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Afghanistan. OCHA expect 446,000 Afghans to leave Pakistan by the end of the year.

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