Taliban kill five Pakistani soldiers: Officials

Last Updated: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 11:00

Miranshah (Pakistan): Taliban militants
launched an attack on a military convoy in Pakistan`s
northwestern tribal belt on Sunday, killing five soldiers and
wounding three others, security officials said.

The convoy came under attack near Razmak town, more than
50 kilometres (31 miles) south of Miranshah, the main town in
the North Waziristan tribal district along the Afghan border,
officials said.

"The convoy was moving from one area to another when
Taliban militants attacked it, killing five soldiers and
wounding three others," a security official in Peshawar said.

Another security official in Miranshah confirmed the
incident, saying militants were armed with rockets and
automatic weapons.

"They also hurled grenades in the attack," the official

Troops retaliated immediately with small and heavy
weapons but there was no report of Taliban casualties, he

North Waziristan is the main target of US drone strikes
and the most notorious bastion of Afghan Taliban and
al Qaeda-linked fighters in Pakistan`s semi-autonomous tribal

Washington has called the northwest region the global
headquarters of al Qaeda and US officials are increasing
pressure on Islamabad to launch an all-out military offensive
in North Waziristan.


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First Published: Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 11:00

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