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Thirty-one killed as militants attack Pakistan checkpoint

Published on Feb 2, 2013 2:33 PM

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (REUTERS) - Militants attacked an isolated army checkpoint in Pakistan's restive northwest on Saturday, with at least 31 people killed in the initial assault, subsequent crossfire and a rocket attack on a house, officials said.

The Pakistan Taleban claimed responsibility, saying the attack was in response to a United States drone strike in neighbouring North Waziristan last month in which two commanders were killed.

The Pakistani military and pro-government militias have since 2009 regained territory from the Pakistan Taleban, who once controlled land a few hours' drive from the capital of Islamabad.

The militants attacked the post at Lakki Marwat early on Saturday.

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