PESHAWAR, Pakistan, April 9 (BSS/AFP) - Around 20 militants attacked a military checkpost in Pakistan's restive northwest, sparking a clash that left two soldiers and four militants dead, an official said today.
The attack in part of the tribal badlands near the Afghan
border was beaten off when troops responded with artillery and
heavy weapons, a senior paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) official
The area is cut off to journalists and aid workers and it
was not possible to confirm the death toll independently.
"More than 20 militants attacked a Frontier Corps checkpost
in Khapiyanga area of Lower Kurram tribal region on Sunday night,
which triggered a firefight, killing two soldiers and four
rebels," the FC spokesman said.
"Four troops were also injured in the clash which continued
for around 40 minutes."
"The militants came by foot from the nearby mountains," the
official said on the condition of anonymity.
"When the troops responded, they ran away with four dead
bodies of their colleagues. We don't know how many of the
militants got injured."
Kurram is one of seven districts in Pakistan's semi-
autonomous tribal belt, where Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked
militants have carved out strongholds used to plot attacks on
Pakistani, Afghan and Western targets.
Washington has called the tribal belt the most dangerous
place on Earth and the global headquarters of Al-Qaeda.