Officials: Militants Kill 8 Troops In NW Pakistan

By: By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD Email
By: By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD Email
Pakistani army troops patrol in Jhanda, in Pakistan's Mohmand tribal region along the Afghan border, Wednesday, June 1, 2011. A top Pakistani army commander said that the military has no imminent plans to launch an offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region, home to numerous militants who focus on attacking U.S. and NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistani army troops patrol in Jhanda, in Pakistan's Mohmand tribal region along the Afghan border, Wednesday, June 1, 2011. A top Pakistani army commander said that the military has no imminent plans to launch an offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region, home to numerous militants who focus on attacking U.S. and NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistani intelligence officials say Taliban fighters attacked a security checkpoint in a tribal region along the Afghan border, sparking a clash that killed eight Pakistani soldiers and 10 militants.

The clash occurred late Wednesday in the Marabi area of the South Waziristan tribal region.

The two intelligence officials said Thursday that seven soldiers were also wounded in the attack.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.

The Pakistani military has carried out offensives against the Taliban in South Waziristan, but the insurgents are still able to mount occasional attacks.


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