Pro-Taliban militants kill Pakistani soldier: Army

Pro-Taliban militants kill Pakistani soldier: Army

Sat Aug 23, 2014 1:24AM GMT

A Pakistani soldier has been killed in an attack by pro-Taliban militants who entered the country from neighboring Afghanistan, the military says.

The incident took place in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan near the Afghan border on Friday.

The military said in a statement that some “70 to 80” militants “intruded from (the) Afghanistan side into Pakistani territory.”

The Pakistani forces stopped the militants and clashed with them, but a soldier lost his life during the gunfight, the statement added.

Pro-Taliban militants have carried out numerous attacks against security forces as well as 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 Pakistan entered an alliance with the United States in the so-called war on terror. Also, more than 4,000 Pakistani police and soldiers have reportedly been killed so far.

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 550 militants and some 30 soldiers have been killed in the offensive so far, according to the military.

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

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