Pakistani troops kills 18 militants in northwest

Dozens of terrorist attacked a military checkpoint in a troubled tribal region in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, triggering a gunbattle that left 18 insurgents dead, a military spokesman said.
Lt. Col. Tahir Akram, a spokesman for the Frontier Corps, said the fighting involved insurgents who arrived from the nearby Khyber region to try to retake a checkpoint in the Taliban-infested Orakzai tribal region.
He said the security forces repulsed the attack and captured four insurgents. One soldier was wounded.
Elsewhere in the northwest, police said they killed two suspected suicide bombers in a shootout.