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    Pakistani troops killed some 30 Islamic militants in an operation in northwest Pakistan, the French newspaper Le Figaro said Thursday, citing a Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman.

    MOSCOW, September 13 (RIA Novosti) - Pakistani troops killed some 30 Islamic militants in an operation in northwest Pakistan, the French newspaper Le Figaro said Thursday, citing a Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman.

    Nine government soldiers were wounded in the operation. The authorities believe the militants were members of al-Qaeda.

    Northwest Pakistan and in particular, Northern and Southern Waziristan, are virtual no-go areas for government forces. The mountainous region is the stronghold of fiercely independent Pashtun tribes, and it is believed to be a safe haven for hundreds of Taliban fighters.

    U.S. officials have said they believe the area may also be the hiding place of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

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