Pakistan military says 19 militants, 7 soldiers killed in clash

At least 19 Islamist militants and seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in a fierce gun battle early on Monday near Dattakhel, a town close to the Afghan border, military officials and militants said. According to security officials, seven Pakistani soldiers were killed when one of the insurgents blew himself up as they sought to hunt down militants in North Waziristan, an area where clashes are common. Tribal sources there said the militants attacked a security checkpoint in Dattakhel that led to a heavy fighting.



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