PESHAWAR (AFP/APP) - The number of people who have returned home after being displaced during latest military operation against the Taliban has topped 50,000, officials said Friday. More than 50,000 people have returned to Swat since the government started bussing home the displaced persons on July 13, local government official Khushhal Khan told AFP by telephone from the northwest valley.Of those, he said 17,000 people returned to Mingora, the main town in Swat, with another 10,000 expected to return Friday. Overall 6,767 families have returned to Swat from different refugee camps in North West Frontier Province, he said. Government officials estimate that there are eight to 10 people in the average displaced family. A spokesman for government relief efforts, Lieutenant Colonel Waseem Shahid, said that those families had returned in convoys. The military said in a statement Friday that 8,990 families had been repatriated from camps back to Malakand. Meanwhile, the third phase of IDPs repatriation to their native towns commenced on Friday while as many as 9,000 families were dispatched to their homes at the end of the second phase of IDPs repatriation. According to a private TV channel, quoting emergency response unit, total 5,002 families returned to Swat and Buner from Mardan and Swabi on the last day of the second phase while 460 families among them were dispatched officially. Most of the other family members of IDPs returned Swat and Buner through their personal sources.