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Militants kill eight Pakistan paramilitary members in checkpoint attack

Published on Jul 18, 2014 1:20 PM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Militants killed eight members of a government paramilitary force in a midnight attack on a security checkpoint in Pakistan's restive north-west, security officials said on Friday.

The militants bombarded the checkpoint with rocket-propelled grenades, two senior military officials said, before overrunning and ransacking it. Local residents said the gunfire began around midnight and continued for at least two hours.

The attack, for which no militant group has so far claimed responsibility, comes amid a military offensive to push the Taliban out of North Waziristan, a remote north-western region near the border with Afghanistan.

Nato has long urged the military to take action against Taleban safe havens in North Waziristan, where many groups had bases they used to launch attacks in Afghanistan.

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