March 17th, 2010
07:34 AM ET

Militants kill 5 security personnel in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) - Dozens of armed militants attacked a joint police and military checkpoint in Pakistan's troubled northwest early Wednesday, killing five security personnel, police said.

Three soldiers and two police officers were killed, and another security personnel member was injured, said Muhammad Karim Khan, a senior police official in Peshawar.

The attack in Speen Qabar, a village bordering Peshawar and Khyber agency, happened about 2:30 a.m., Khan said.

A rocket hit the security checkpoint, then militants opened fire on security personnel, Khan added.

Peshawar, the capital of the Northwest Frontier Province, is at the core of Pakistan's war on terror. The military has launched multiple offensives targeting homegrown militants, sparking retaliation.

- Journalist Nazar Ul Islam contributed to this report.

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