Militants, troops clash in Pakistan; 46 killed

PARACHINAR, Pakistan — Dozens of militants attacked a security convoy in an area near Afghanistan where Pakistan declared the Taliban defeated, sparking a battle that killed six soldiers and 40 militants, an official said Wednesday.
The clash in Orakzai tribal region illustrated the challenge facing Pakistan as it responds to US pressure and tries to oust Islamist insurgents hiding along the Afghan border. Its declarations of success in some parts have often been premature.
Fifteen soldiers also were wounded in the late Tuesday fighting, government administration Samiullah Khan said.
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