Pak Army at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border – File photo

MIRAMSHAH: At least one person was killed and 20 others wounded on Wednesday when the Pakistani army and Taliban militants exchanged fire near the Afghan border, an official said.

The clash erupted in Miramshah, the main town in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal district which borders Afghanistan and is infiltrated by the Pakistani Taliban and al Qaeda led militants.

“Twenty people were injured and one was killed during the clash between the army and militants,” Dr Niaz Ahmed, from the main Miramshah hospital, told AFP.

The violence began just before sunset when militants started firing at army troops during which a local grocery trader was killed in the cross-fire, said an AFP journalist who lives in the area.

The 20 injured were all civilians, including two daughters of the AFP correspondent who were hit by shrapnel after a mortar shell landed inside their house.

Both sides continued firing for two hours and the clash ended only after civilians urged a ceasefire, using loudspeakers from nearby mosques, so that they could take the injured to hospital.

Many houses and businesses were also damaged due to the use of heavy weapons, reported the AFP correspondent.

Pakistan suffers from near daily bomb and shooting attacks blamed on Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants.

According to Islamabad, more than 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

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