19 rebels, 7 soldiers killed in Waziristan clash
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nineteen Pakistani Taliban militants and seven soldiers were killed on Sunday during a clash and a suicide bombing in the troubled North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border.
The Pakistani army issued a statement that said when the troops cordoned militants, one of them detonated his explosives vest, killing seven army personnel.
The statement said the dead militants included five commanders. The clash took place on the Laddha-Shawal axis on the boundary between North and South Waziristan.
Dawan.com quoted an unknown security official as saying there was information about militants, and when they were being chased and cordoned, one of them exploded his suicide vest, killing seven soldiers.
Operations against militants in North Waziristan have been stepped up as part of the nation-wide National Action Plan combating terrorism in Pakistan.
Zarb-i-Azb, another military operation in North Waziristan was spearheaded following an attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport on June 8, 2014.
The Pakistan government has announced Zarb-i-Azb operation would be completed by the end of 2015, after which a ‘mini-Marshall plan’ will be launched for the socio-economic progress of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
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