March 26th, 2010
07:58 AM ET

Pakistan military: 5 soldiers, 21 suspected militants killed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A pre-dawn attack in Pakistan's tribal area killed five Pakistani soldiers and 21 suspected militants, the military said Friday.

The deadly fighting started when a check point came under attack in the village of Kalaya in northern Orakzai district, according to a statement from Inter Services Public Relations, which coordinates military information for the media.

"Security forces counter attacked and recaptured that check post," the statement said.

Under pressure from the United States, Pakistan has launched an offensive against militant strongholds in South Waziristan and Bajaur, two of seven troubled tribal districts along the Afghan border.

Orakzai district served as a base for Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who is believed to have been killed earlier this year, though the Taliban denies the death. It has felt the sting of Pakistan's military operation with recent airstrikes that have targeted fleeing Taliban fighters and their commanders.

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  1. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Keep it up Pakistan, get bin Laden, al Zawahiri and Omar then the assistance that you get from us would be worthwhile and we then could build trust between our nations. Otherwise the ISI can not be trusted and we should not give anymore assistance!

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