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Pakistan troops kill 20 militants in northwest

Last Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 14:21

Parachinar: A Pakistani government official says security forces have killed at least 20 militants after coming under attack near the Afghan border.

Wajid Khan says 22 troops were also wounded in Thursday`s gunbattle in the northwestern Kurram tribal region.

He says the fighting began when a group of Pakistani militants attacked a security post. The troops returned fire and killed 20 militants.

The death toll could not be independently confirmed as the fighting was in a remote mountainous area that is off-limits to journalists.

Kurram is considered a main base for the Pakistani Taliban. Scores of insurgents are believed to hiding there after escaping military operations in the nearby tribal regions in recent years.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 14:21

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