Pakistani army kills six militants: Official

Pakistani army kills six militants: Official

Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:57AM GMT

At least six militants have been killed in an attack on Pakistan’s military checkpoints near the Afghan border, a security official says.

About 70 to 80 militants “physically attacked the posts, six… were killed and nine injured due to an effective response by Pakistani troops,” the unnamed official said on Wednesday.

The attack took place near a post between the Tripaman and Inkal Sar areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Lower Dir region on Tuesday night.

Pakistan’s army launched an offensive against pro-Taliban militants in the North Waziristan tribal region on June 15.

The operation came following a raid by the militants on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport on June 8, in which 37 people were killed.

Over 500 militants and more than 27 soldiers have been killed in the offensive so far, according to the military.

North Waziristan is considered a stronghold of pro-Taliban militants.

The militants have carried out numerous attacks against Pakistani security forces and civilians, and managed to spread their influence in various regions of the country despite sporadic offensives by the Pakistani army.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Islamabad entered an alliance with Washington in the so-called war on terror. Also, more than 4,000 Pakistani police and soldiers have reportedly been killed so far.

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