Officials: Attacks kill 12 in Pakistan
December 24th, 2010
10:14 AM ET

Officials: Attacks kill 12 in Pakistan

Eleven soldiers were killed Friday when about 150 militants fired at five security forces checkpoints in the northwest Pakistan tribal region, a government official said.

The attack injured 12 others, said Amjad Ali Khan, the government official in Mohmand Agency.

It happened in Mohmand Agency, one of seven districts bordering Afghanistan.

Twenty-four militants were killed, and the rest fled, said two military officials.

The officials asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

In a separate attack Friday, a roadside bomb blast killed a police officer and wounded three others in Quetta, police said.

The bomb - planted on bicycle - exploded when a patrolling police van was passing by, according to Malik Muhammad Iqbal, police chief of Baluchistan province.

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