PESHAWAR, Pakistan - More than 70 militants attacked a security checkpost on the outskirts of Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, triggering a shootout that killed two security forces and wounded five, officials said.
The pre-dawn attack took place near Khyber, part of Pakistan's lawless tribal belt on the Afghan border, which is regarded as a global hub of militants, including al-Qaida and the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban movements.
"They were armed with AK-47 rifles and rockets. We successfully repulsed the first attack. They attacked again and then there was an exchange of fire that lasted for about two- and-a-half hours," security official Abdul Jabbar told Reuters.
A policeman and a paramilitary soldier were killed in the attack, he said.