Helicopter gunships attacked militant hideouts in Kurram, said security officials.—File photo

KURRAM: Pakistani gunship helicopters on Friday attacked two militant camps in the northwestern Kurram tribal region near the Afghanistan border killing seven militants, security officials said.

The death toll could not be independently verified and militants often dispute official accounts.

Meanwhile, in Dera Bugti a paramilitary soldier was killed when a landmine exploded during mine-clearing operations, security officials said.

After the explosion, militants opened fire and killed another soldier, officials added.

Baloch separatists and Taliban militants have been active in the province and have been blamed for such violence in the past.

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