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Ten Troops, 23 Militants Reported Killed In Pakistan Clash

March 02, 2012

Officials in Pakistan are quoted as saying at least 10 Pakistani soldiers and 23 suspected militants have been killed in a clash in the northwestern Khyber tribal region, near the Afghanistan border.

Security officials are quoted by the AFP and Reuters news agencies as saying the clash occurred on March 2 in the Tirah valley, and one official was quoted as saying the fighting lasted for nearly six hours.

Reports say the clash broke out after militants attacked a security checkpoint and Pakistani troops returned fire.

An AFP report quotes a Khyber official as saying militants of the Taliban-linked Lashkar-e-Islam group launched the attack.

Independent confirmation of the accounts given by government officials of the incident was not available.

With Reuters and AFP reporting


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