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Three Pakistani Soldiers Killed By Militants Near Afghan Border

Pakistani soldiers patrol in the South Waziristan region near the Afghan border. (file photo)

Three Pakistani soldiers have been killed and another one wounded in a militant attack in the North Waziristan tribal district, near the Afghan border, in the latest spate of attacks on security forces and government officials in the area, a senior security official said.

The soldiers came under attack by "unknown militants" at a military checkpoint in the town of Spinwam on July 5, the official told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault. A search operation has begun to hunt down the perpetrators, he added.

On June 20, a Pakistani soldier was killed in another attack in Spinwam.

On June 30, at least three members of Pakistani paramilitary forces were killed and three others wounded in a clash with militants in the South Waziristan tribal district.

The Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, known as the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for that attack.

With reporting by Reuters
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    Pamir Sahill

    Pamir Sahill is a journalist for RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal in Prague. He reports on politics and security in Afghanistan and Pakistan.