May 10th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

Dozens killed in battle in Pakistan's tribal region

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) - Nine Pakistani soldiers and 37 militants were killed Monday during a fierce battle in Pakistan's tribal region, officials told CNN.

Two military officials said security forces took on more than 100 militants after the security forces were ambushed by rockets and heavy firearms in Daburi, a village in Orakzai Agency, one of the seven districts in Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border. Officials said a dozen militants and five soldiers were wounded in the clash.

The Pakistani military launched operations in Orakzai beginning in mid-March to root out militants who had taken refuge there after an offensive in South Waziristan.

The officials asked to not be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the news media.

- Journalist Nasir Habib contributed to this story.

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