Pakistan: 25 Taliban militants, 6 soldiers die in fighting

March 31, 2010 10:23


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Pakistani troops repulsed a Taliban attack on a checkpoint close to the Afghan border Wednesday in fighting that killed six soldiers and 25 insurgents, Pakistan armed forces said.

Pakistan has carried out a series of operations in the border region over the last 18 months, but the militants have proved resilient foes. The U.S. has pushed Islamabad to keep up its offensives, arguing that militants on its side of the border are involved in attacks on American and NATO troops in Afghanistan.Wednesday's attack occurred in the Bara area of Khyber, a tribal region home to a top supply route for troops across the border.

A statement from Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps said the attackers used several suicide car bombs, but that soldiers fought back, destroying the vehicles during the clash. At least 15 soldiers also were wounded in the attack, the statement said.

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