Pakistani troops, insurgents trade fire in Afghan border region

Spate of violence has left at least 42 dead since the weekend.

By
January 11, 2006 08:48
2 minute read.
Pakistani troops, insurgents trade fire in Afghan border region

pakistan insurgent 88. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Hundreds of Pakistani troops battled Islamic insurgents armed with rocket launchers and machine guns in the northwest tribal region near Afghanistan, in a spate of violence that has left at least 42 dead since the weekend, an official said Wednesday. At least three separate skirmishes took place between Pakistani forces and insurgents, a security official said on condition of anonymity. However, it was not immediately clear whether rebels or security forces suffered any fresh casualties in the clashes that began late Tuesday and continued before dawn Wednesday in North Waziristan, where many al-Qaida fighters are believed to have sought refuge. The official gave no other details. Tension has been high in the region since Saturday when insurgents attacked a military post with rockets, killing eight soldiers. The attack came about one hour after an explosion at a local cleric's home near the Afghan border left eight dead. Tribal elders blamed US military for the assault, and Pakistan lodged a protest over the incident with the US-led coalition forces in neighboring Afghanistan. On Tuesday, the Pakistani military said that it killed 14 suspected extremists, blamed for an earlier assault on a military post that left seven soldiers dead. Those killed "included some foreigners and a local commander of the miscreants," the official said, using the term to describe insurgents operating in the area. Pakistan has placed about 70,000 troops and paramilitary forces along its border with Afghanistan to weed out alleged al-Qaida and Taliban sympathizers and extremists. Security officials have said hundreds of Arab, Central Asian and Afghan insurgents - allegedly linked with al-Qaida - are in North and the adjoining South Waziristan. Last month, a senior al-Qaida suspect from Egypt, Hamza Rabia, was killed in the area. Pakistan denied residents' claims that he died in a US missile strike.

Related Content

Juncker, left, Abe, center and Tusk, right
July 18, 2018
Japan, EU sign free trade pact amid worries about Trump

By REUTERS