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Clashes kill six Pakistan security forces: Officials

Published on Jan 15, 2013 4:17 PM

PESHAWAR (AFP) - Dozens of militants attacked a Pakistani checkpoint, sparking clashes that killed six security personnel and four militants in the tribal belt overnight, officials said on Tuesday.

The fighting took place in the northwestern Khyber district, where troops are frequently locked in clashes with homegrown Islamist militia Lashkar-e-Islam.

Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants have carved out strongholds in Pakistan's semi-autonomous tribal belt to plot attacks on Pakistani, Afghan and Western targets.

"Around 100 militants attacked a Frontier Corps checkpost in the Shalobar area of Bara in Khyber tribal region on Monday night, which triggered a firefight," a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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