NW Pakistan: 16 fighters, one soldier killed in clashes

In the last two weeks, over 120 fighters and around two dozen Pakistani soldiers have been killed in ongoing clashes in the region

NW Pakistan: 16 fighters, one soldier killed in clashes

World Bulletin/News Desk

At least 16 fighters, and a Pakistani soldier were killed in the latest clashes in the northwestern Bajur tribal area, along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Saturday, officials said.

A senior military official wishing not to be named told Anadolu Agency that around 100 to 150 fighters, from neighboring Kunar province of Afghanistan, launched simultaneous attacks using heavy weaponry on different outposts in Bajur- the new battlefield between the Taliban and the army- on Saturday morning.

However, he said, the attacks were “repulsed”, and 16 attackers were killed.

“One soldier was killed, and two were injured in the clashes,” he added.

The fighters, the official said, belonged to the Tehrik-e-Talaiban Pakistan (TTP) who have reportedly established  bases in the Kunar province that borders Bajur.

In the last two weeks, over 120 insurgents and around two dozen Pakistani soldiers have been killed in ongoing clashes between the two sides in North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Bajur, and Mohmand - four of the seven semi-autonomous tribal regions along Afghanistan border.

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