Taliban ambush kills 7 Pak soldiers

Last Updated: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 00:58

Islamabad: Seven Pakistani paramilitary
troopers were killed today when Taliban militants ambushed a
vehicle of security forces in the volatile North Waziristan
tribal region, officials said.

The attack occurred at Khar Kamar, 30 km from Miranshah,
the main town of the semi-autonomous tribal district that US
and Afghan officials describe as a safe haven for Taliban and
al Qaeda elements.

The militants fired at the vehicle with automatic weapons
and rockets, killing seven personnel of the Frontier Corps
instantly, security officials told the media.

Reports said nine militants were killed in retaliatory
action by the security forces but this could not be
independently confirmed.

Additional troops backed by helicopters launched an
operation in the area after the ambush, officials said.
Pakistan has persistently rejected pressure from the US
to launch an offensive against the Taliban in North Waziristan
Agency.

The region is the stronghold of the Haqqani network,
which is considered to be close to the Pakistan security
establishment.

The Haqqani network uses its bases in North Waziristan to
mount attacks on US and allied forces across the border in
Afghanistan.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 00:58

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