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5 infiltrating militants killed in Tribal Region

25 August, 2012

PESHAWAR: Army soldiers killed five militants attempting to enter the Lower Dir district and Bajaur tribal region from across the Afghan border, military officials said on Friday.

The intruding militants also fired rockets on Pakistani security check-posts along the border with Afghanistan, the officials told our sources on condition of anonymity.

"Around 100 militants attempted to cross into Lower Dir and Bajaur areas on the night between Thursday and Friday, harassing local population," the officials said. Five militants, they claimed, were killed when the army returned fire.

Militants from across the border in Afghanistan's Kunar and Nooristan provinces have been targeting Pakistani checkposts for the last one year.

Meanwhile, at least eight terrorists were killed and two of their hideouts destroyed after security forces shelling in different areas of Lower Orakzai Agency on Friday.

According to details, security forces conducted search operation and targeted the hideouts of suspected miscreants in Gawak area of Lower Orakzai Agency with heavy artillery fire. Eight terrorists were killed in the action while two hideouts were destroyed in the shelling.

Local sources said that the death toll might rise, as several terrorists are believed to be buried under the rubble of the destroyed hideouts. The security forces are continuing search operation in the area but no arrests have been made.

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