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Eight people killed in clashes in Pakistani tribal region

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, March 19, IRNA -- At least 8 people were killed and 15 others injured in clashes in northwestern tribal region on Monday, security officials said.

Four militants and one soldier were killed when militants attacked a security forces' check post late Sunday in Miramshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The military retaliated early Monday on suspected militant hide outs but the attack left three civilians dead and 15 wounded, security officials said.

“Militants attacked our check point in Miramshah on Sunday evening and killed one soldier, we retaliated… and shot dead four militants,” a senior security official told media.

On Monday morning “we fired shells and destroyed five shops in Datakhel near Miramshah,” from where military convoys had recently come under attack, he said.

“Three civilians were killed and 15 were injured when the security forces fired shells at the suspected militant hide outs,” one of the officials said.

The incident cannot be verified as access to the area is restricted by the military.

Militants have killed more than 4,800 people across Pakistan since July 2007.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80046376

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