Islamabad: Pro-Taliban militants
attacked a security post in South Waziristan tribal region of
northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing a soldier and injuring three
more, officials said.
The militants fired rockets at the check post in Ladha
Several militants were also killed when the troops
retaliated, the officials said.
Pakistani forces used artillery to shell suspected
militant positions, officials said.
The injured soldiers were airlifted by a helicopter to
a military hospital in the region.
The check post was damaged in the assault, the third
attack on security forces in the area this month.
Three soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack
in the same area on June 13.
On June 9, scores of militants attacked a security
post in Makeen area of South Waziristan and killed at least
In October 2009, thousands of soldiers launched a
major ground and air operation against militants in South
Waziristan, the birthplace of the Pakistani Taliban.
The Pakistan Army declared victory in early 2010 but
the recent attacks have raised concern about the continued
presence of militants in the area.
The attacks have come at a time when the government
has started repatriating thousands of tribesmen displaced as
the result of the fighting in South Waziristan.
Several hundreds of families have returned but the
repatriation to Ladha and Makeen areas has not yet been
started due to security reasons.
Ladha and Makeen are former strongholds of the
Today`s attack occurred in the area inhabited by the
The area was once controlled by slain Pakistani
Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud and later by Hakimullah Mehsud,
who now heads the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.