Pakistani military officials say at least two soldiers from the Pakistani army and nine militants were killed in a shootout on April 25 near the border with Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s Inter-Service Community Relations, the military media wing, said on April 26 that five Pakistani soldiers were also wounded in clashes that occurred in the tribal region of North Waziristan.
It did not identify which militant group was allegedly linked to the gunmen.
According to Pakistani officials, security forces seized what they called “accomplices” from militants and seized “a lot of weapons” and explosives from hiding places used by militants in North Waziristan.
Terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda, the Haqqani Taliban Afghan network, and Pakistani militants have all been active in the region for the past decade.
The Pakistani military has managed to push the rebels out of their strongholds through a series of attacks since 2014. But the insurgents continue to carry out surprise attacks there.
The last clash was the fifth between security forces and insurgents in the area in the past month.
That has reinforced fears that militants might try to regroup at their former stronghold in Pakistan.
Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP and dpa
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