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Raids kill six after suicide attack on Pakistan troops

Published on Dec 19, 2013 2:54 PM

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) - At least six suspected militants were killed and 12 others were wounded on Thursday when Pakistani forces raided two hotels in the country's troubled north-west, officials said.

The raids were conducted in Mir Ali area of restive North Waziristan tribal district, a day after a suicide attack on a military checkpoint which killed at least five soldiers and wounded 34 others.

Ansarul Mujahideen, a little-known militant group linked to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

"Pakistani security forces raided two hotels in the area close to the site of the suicide bombing and intense gun battles left six suspected militants dead and 12 others wounded," a local security official said.

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