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Taliban kill two soldiers in Peshawar

18 May, 2013

PESHAWAR: Taliban militants ambushed a military convoy late Thursday in Pakistan's troubled northwestern city of Peshawar, killing two soldiers, security officials said.

The incident took place as the convoy passed through Matani village on the outskirts of Peshawar, the main town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a province bordering Afghanistan which is rife with Taliban and Al-Qaeda-led militancy.

"Militants opened fire on the military vehicles, two soldiers died and one sustained injuries in the attack," a military official in Peshawar told AFP, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to the media.

A second security official in Peshawar confirmed the attack and told AFP that troops had cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but Taliban militants are active in Matani and other areas around Peshawar.

In two separate attacks Thursday, unidentified gunmen opened fire on NATO supply trucks passing through Khyber and Peshawar, killing two drivers, local officials said.

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