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Two Pakistani Soldiers Killed In A Clash With Militants

A soldier stands guard along the border fence outside the Kitton outpost on the border with Afghanistan in North Waziristan (file photo)

Two Pakistani soldiers were killed in a clash with militants in the restive northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, the military said on June 21.

The incident took place at the boundary of turbulent North and South Waziristan districts, where several military operations have been launched in recent years against homegrown and foreign militants.

The soldiers came under attack during a routine patrol, an army statement said.

"A terrorist was also killed," it added.

Pakistan has been battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency for over a decade, with thousands of civilians and security personnel killed in extremist attacks.

Violence in Pakistan has declined following army offensives in the region, but militant groups are still able to carry out isolated attacks.