Taliban militants kill eight Pakistani soldiers

August 29, 2012 12:44

ISLAMABAD - Taliban militants attacked an army post in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday killing eight soldiers, military sources said, challenging official assertions that offensives in the region had severely weakened insurgent groups.

Soldiers responded to the assault and killed 10 Taliban fighters, said a senior Pakistani military official in the region.

The attack in South Waziristan, which is on the Afghan border, came while the military faces pressure from Pakistani Taliban militants in Bajaur, another ethnic Pashtun tribal region which authorities have said was largely cleared of insurgents.

Military sources said four soldiers were killed in clashes in Bajaur and several were missing after Pakistani Taliban militants crossed the border from sanctuaries in Afghanistan and staged a raid. Fighting has raged there for several days.

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