Three troops, 5 militants killed in Tirah clash

Published December 8, 2014
Military personnel are seen in this image. — AP/file
Military personnel are seen in this image. — AP/file

LANDI KOTAL: Three soldiers and five militants were killed in a clash after an attack on a checkpost in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Sunday.

According to security officials, armed men belonging to the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan attacked the checkpost in Sher Khel area of Zakhakhel, near Maidan, early in the morning. The area is close to the Afghan border.

The fighting between security personnel and attackers lasted several hours, leaving five Taliban dead and eight injured. Three soldiers also lost their lives and four others suffered injuries, they said.

The checkpost was set up by the army after evicting the Taliban from Tirah during an operation in June last year.

The attack was repulsed, the officials said.

Pazir Gul adds from Peshawar: A security official was killed and another injured when an improvised explosive device went off in Dattakhel area of North Waziristan.

Security personnel were carrying out a search operation in the area when the explosion occurred. The area was cordoned off after the incident.

Published in Dawn December 8th , 2014

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