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Soldiers enter a militant hideout in a tribal region. — Photo by Reuters/File

PESHAWAR: A security official was killed and three others were wounded when militants opened fire on them in the Khyber tribal region, DawnNews reported.

The security officials came under fire during a search operation in Khyber's Bara Tehsil's Akakhel area.

The casualty figures from the reported incident could not be independently verified.

Khyber is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with homegrown insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives.