Monday, 10 November 2014

Clash Kills Two Soldiers, Four Militants in Pakistan......

PESHAWAR:  At least two soldiers and four militants were killed in an exchange of fire in Pakistan's troubled tribal belt near the Afghan border, the military said on Monday.

The clash took place during a clearance operation late on Sunday in North Waziristan tribal district, where the military has been waging a major offensive against insurgents since June.

"Four terrorists were killed during clearance operation in Gharlamai area of North Waziristan. Two soldiers also embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in the exchange of fire," a military statement said.

No other details of the clash were given but two intelligence officials said both soldiers and militants used heavy weapons.

North Waziristan has become a major base for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban), which rose up against the state in 2007.

The army says it has killed more than 1,100 militants and lost more than 100 soldiers since the start of the operation.

But the number and identity of those killed is difficult to verify as there is little regular media access to the conflict zones.