Pakistan's army says it has killed 42 militants in the latest stage of
its offensive against Taliban militants in the lawless tribal area of
Meanwhile, in the capital, gunmen fired shots Tuesday at a car carrying a senior Pakistani army officer. The officer and his mother, who was traveling with him, escaped unhurt.
It was the second targeted shooting against a top army official in less than a week. A brigadier attacked in Islamabad last Thursday was killed.
Taliban assaults have surged recently in apparent retaliation for the military operation in South Waziristan.
With Tuesday's death toll, the military says more than 230 militants and at least 31 troops have been killed during the operation. The numbers cannot be independently verified because journalists are not in the battle zone.