Two soldiers, 21 Taliban killed in Orakzai fighting
PESHAWAR: Dozens of terrorists attacked a Pakistani paramilitary checkpoint overnight, killing two soldiers and sparking clashes which left up to 21 of the terrorists dead, officials said on Friday.
Security officials claimed the terrorists were killed when troops retaliated with artillery and heavy weapons.
The attack took place in a Taliban hotspot of the tribal badlands when a group of more than 50 terrorists attacked a checkpost in the Khadizai area, around 75 kilometres southwest of Kalaya, which is the main town of Orakzai tribal district. “The attack came at around 1:00am. The militants killed two soldiers and injured 11. We retaliated and killed 21 militants,” a senior security official told AFP.
“The clash continued for around two hours,” he added.
A local administration official said the injured soldiers and bodies were later flown by helicopter to a military hospital.
Khadizai is in Upper Orakzai and is the scene of frequent clashes between security forces and terrorists. afp