April 23rd, 2010
09:14 AM ET

7 Pakistani soldiers killed; 5 beheaded

Violence raged in Pakistan's tribal region as seven soldiers died in an ambush and five people accused of spying for the U.S. and Pakistan were found beheaded, authorities said Friday.

The incidents occurred in North Waziristan, one of seven districts in the Pakistan tribal region along the Afghan border and a longtime militant stronghold.

The seven soldiers died when militants ambushed a military convoy Thursday night. Sixteen soldiers were injured in the attack, which took place in the Datta Khel area, a military official and a local government official told CNN.

Militants wielding small arms and rocket launchers surrounded the 20-vehicle convoy and opened fire. The Pakistanis called in helicopter gunships to chase the militants away, said the officials, who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

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