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Pakistan army kills 14 militants in border clash

  • A Pakistani motorcyclist rides past loaded trucks parked on a street leading to North Waziristan, following operations by the Pakistan army, in the town of Bannu on May 23, 2014. Four suspected militants were killed as Pakistan's armed forces hit insurgent targets in a third day of action in a restive tribal area close to the Afghan border. The military used mortars and helicopter gunships to pound suspected Taliban hideouts in North Waziristan, one of seven tribal districts where militants have

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani army officers say the military, backed by helicopter gunships, killed 14 militants in a clash near the Afghan border in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region.

The officers say a group of insurgents sneaked into Pakistan on Saturday and attacked a military checkpoint, killing one soldier and wounding two others.

They say the attack in the Bajur tribal region prompted a gunbattle, still underway hours later.

The officers spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to media. Their accounts could not be independently verified because of the remoteness of the region.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share a volatile and porous border that is often the scene of cross-border attacks. Militants from both countries also cross the border to use the neighboring country's soil as a safe haven.

 
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