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Soldiers among 38 dead in Kurram fighting

Soldiers among 38 dead in Kurram fighting

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Jan 31, 2012 - 17:57

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): Eight soldiers and 30 militants were killed in a fierce clash with Talibaninfo-icon militants in Pakistaninfo-icon’s restive tribal region of Kurram, near the Afghanistaninfo-icon border, on Tuesday, an official said.

Twenty-five paramilitary troops were injured in the gunbattle after dozens of heavily armed militants stormed a paramilitary military post in the Jogi area, a local official told Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity.

In retaliatory fire from the soldiers, 30 militants were killed and several others injured in airstrikes by security forces. The newly constructed military post was partially damaged in the attack.   

Over 300 insurgents were involved in the attack on the checkpost in central Kurram, the source said, adding the gunbattle lasted several hours.

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