Two soldiers also killed in rebel attack on paramilitary checkpost.
Militants stormed a paramilitary checkpost in Orakzai Agency in an attack that left two soldiers and at least 15 rebels dead, officials said on Tuesday.
The attack took place on Monday night on a checkpost of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) in Shireendara area of Orakzai, one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal regions on the Afghan border.
“More than 50 militants attacked the checkpost. Two soldiers embraced shahadat while 15 terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire,” said a senior security official. He said six soldiers also sustained injures in the attack, adding that the militants fled after the FC troops retaliated. Another security official confirmed the incident and casualties.
Elsewhere, one soldier was killed and another wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their vehicle in Bannu on Tuesday, a security official said.
Pakistan has been battling Islamist groups in its semi-autonomous tribal belt since 2004, after its Army entered the region to search for Al Qaeda fighters who had fled across the border following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.