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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2835

Two Pak troops among three killed in tribal area

By iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 21 May, (Asiantribune.com): Two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers were among three persons killed in a grenade attack in the tribal area of North Waziristan neighbouring .

Officials said a local tribesman hurled a hand grenade at a security check post in Hurmuz near Mir Ali, 25km east of the main town of Miranshah. The assailant was killed in retaliatory fire, officials said.

This is the latest attack in the region where clashes with militants have killed at least 20 soldiers this year.

The army has been battling Islamic militants in the Waziristan region for the last three years.

Taliban and Al-Qaida fighters fled into the area after the American-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Tens of thousands of Pakistani soldiers are deployed in the area.

A military campaign to clear foreign militants from tribal lands near the Afghan border and subdue their Taliban allies is focussed on North Waziristan. Fighting there has intensified over the past few months.

Following the attack on the compound, helicopter gunships circled over Mir Ali and fired rockets, residents said. It was unclear to residents who they were firing at, or if there were casualties.

Security forces have killed over 300 militants, including about 75
foreigners, in North Waziristan since the middle of last year, the official added.

- Asian Tribune -

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