Bomb Kills 7 Pakistani Soldiers
By VOA News
31 October 2009
Pakistani officials say a roadside bomb killed seven Pakistani soldiers in the northwest Saturday, as the army pushed forward with its offensive against Taliban militants.
Officials say the bomb attack occurred in the Khyber tribal area, home to the Khyber Pass, the main route for moving supplies to international forces fighting in Afghanistan.
The attack came as Pakistani warplanes bombed Taliban bases in the tribal regions. The army said troops killed 33 militants in the latest operations. It said forces are closing in on key Taliban strongholds in the South Waziristan region, where it launched its offensive two weeks ago.
The military's latest report comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended her confrontational visit to Pakistan.
During her three-day trip, Clinton questioned why the country has not captured al-Qaida leaders, saying "somebody, somewhere in Pakistan" must know where they are.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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