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At Least 10 Soldiers Killed in Pakistan Clashes

By VOA News
11 November 2009

At least 10 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in two incidents Wednesday near the country's border with Afghanistan.

Pakistani officials say at least eight paramilitary soldiers died in a landmine explosion in the northwestern Mohmand tribal region.

Separately, Pakistani officials say two soldiers were killed in clashes with militants in the same region, and at least eight soldiers are missing. Officials also say 10 suspected militants were killed after military attack helicopters shelled their hideouts.

The incidents took place a day after a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a crowded market in northwestern Pakistan, killing about 30 people and wounding dozens.

The attack occurred in the city of Charsadda, some 40 kilometers north of Peshawar. It was the third attack in the area in as many days.

The Pakistani leadership condemned the attack, while a Taliban spokesman said the militants are waging a guerrilla war from the South Waziristan tribal region where the military has launched an anti-Taliban offensive.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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