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Deadly militant attack on Pak security checkpoint kills 8 soldiers

June 9, 2011 - Islamabad

Eight Pakistani soldiers have been killed in a deadly militant attack on a security checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border on Thursday.

According to local officials, militants armed with rockets and heavy weapons attacked a security checkpoint in the volatile Waziristan region early on Thursday, the BBC reports.

Security forces then responded by opening fire and killing 12 insurgents.

Details of the attack are still sketchy, but one report said that Taliban militants were involved in the assault.

Reports say that over 100 militants armed with rocket launchers and other weapons attacked the checkpoint in South Waziristan near the Afghan border.

Earlier this month, a top Al-Qaeda operative, Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in a US drone strike in the tribal region of South Waziristan.

Militants in Pakistan have vowed to avenge his killing, as well as the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US forces in a garrison city north of Islamabad on May 2.


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