Pakistan: 6 troops, 40 militants killed in attack
By RIAZ KHAN,Associated Press Writer AP - 22 minutes ago
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - At least 40 militants were killed and scores of others wounded Sunday as security forces repulsed an attack by about 600 fighters in northwestern Pakistan, a military official said.
Six security forces were also killed and seven wounded in the pre-dawn attack in Mohmand agency.
Insurgents attacked the Pakistani Frontier Corps' camp at about 2 a.m. with mortars and rockets, then used small arms to fire on a checkpoint near the Mohammad Ghat camp, said a military official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to comment to the media.
The attackers were eventually driven off, but scattered skirmishes continued, he said.
The Mohmand agency lies along the volatile Afghan border and the military official said the bulk of the militants crossed over from Afghanistan and later joined with Pakistani allies. He said at least 40 militants were killed in the fighting.
The lawless and remote mountain region is believed to be used by pro-Taliban militants as a launching pad for attacks into Afghanistan, and is difficult for reporters to access.
Pakistan has deployed tens of thousands of troops to police its tribal regions, but Western and Afghan officials say that has not deterred militants. A major military offensive against militants in Bajur to the north has spilled over into Mohmand.
Further south in the South Waziristan tribal agency, suspected militants on Sunday abducted a government official, according to intelligence officials who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with the media.
Gunmen in four vehicles stopped a convoy in which Amir Latif, a political deputy in the regional government, had been traveling, the officials said. The suspected militants bundled Latif in one of the vehicles and drove off.
Also Sunday, tribesmen were blocking the southwestern supply route for NATO forces in Afghanistan at Chaman with burning tires and felled trees. They were protesting the killing of one of their members in a raid by Pakistan's anti-narcotics force.
Police official Karam Khan said trucks were held up well ahead of the blocked points and no damage or injuries had been reported.
Most NATO supplies travel through the famed Khyber Pass, although a smaller number get to Afghanistan by a second land crossing at Chaman.
Associated Press Writers Ishtiaq Mahsud in Dera Ismail Khan and Matiullah Achakzai in Chaman contributed to this report.
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