Soldier, 16 Taliban killed in Bajaur clash

KHAR: A soldier and 16 Taliban were killed Saturday after an ambush on border posts in Bajaur, military officials said.“Up to 200 Taliban from across the border attacked a group of posts and at least 16 militants were killed in the fierce fighting,” a military official told AFP. The rest of the militants escaped.“One soldier embraced martyrdom and two others were wounded critically as security forces repulsed the attack,” the official said.“The militants from TTP Bajaur and Swat chapters had regrouped in Ghund village of Kunar district in Afghanistan and launched the attack in the Nao Top area from there,” the official said.Security sources told Daily Times the militants who are said to have moved across the border to escape a military operation in NWA are allegedly behind the attack.Talking to Daily Times by phone, Bajaur Agency Political Agent Syed Abdul Jabbar Shah said the attack was reportedly launched by the TTP militants who had fled to Khost, Paktika and Kunar provinces. Shah cited intelligence reports suggesting that the militants entered Bajaur from Ghund village in the night between Friday and Saturday. “It was a well thought out attack that has been foiled due to the effective response of our forces.”Security sources said army’s cobra gunship choppers were used to foil the attack. Curfew has been imposed in the area for a clearing operation. “The situation is under control.” 

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