Clashes kill six Pakistan security forces: Officials

By AFP
Published: January 15, 2013

A Pakistani army soldier stands guard during a patrol in Pakka village in Kurram Tribal Agency December 18, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS/ FILE

PESHAWAR: Dozens of militants attacked a Pakistani checkpoint, sparking clashes that killed six security personnel and four militants in the tribal belt overnight, officials said Tuesday.

The fighting took place in the northwestern Khyber district, where troops are frequently locked in clashes with Lashkar-e-Islam.

“Around 100 militants attacked a Frontier Corps check post in the Shalobar area of Bara in Khyber tribal region on Monday night, which triggered a firefight,” a security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Officials said four paramilitary soldiers and two tribal policemen were killed, and 16 other personnel were wounded.

The area is cut off to journalists and aid workers so it was not possible to confirm the death toll independently.

A spokesman for Lashkar-e-Islam said it carried out the attack but denied that any of its fighters were killed.

“We took four soldiers hostage as well. There was no loss of life on our side in the clashes,” said spokesperson Abur Rasheed Lashkari in a text message.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Jat
    Jan 15, 2013 - 2:08PM

    Continue to portray India and the United States as the enemy.

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  • Shabbar Rizvi
    Jan 15, 2013 - 2:09PM

    I am afraid we are horribly losing this war

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Jan 15, 2013 - 2:19PM

    Do they ever tell what is it that they want? Why they are attacking?

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  • raj
    Jan 15, 2013 - 2:20PM

    wow !!!! this getting exciting day by day………………

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  • Voice of D.I.Khan
    Jan 15, 2013 - 2:42PM

    Please Wake Up Army ,, There are no Good Taliban, Bad Taliban , Please finish them all and Sundry…..!!!!

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  • ahmad
    Jan 15, 2013 - 3:38PM
  • Jat
    Jan 15, 2013 - 4:05PM

    SC orders arrest of Pak PM !

    Now do you Pakistanis understand why your Army started clashes on the LOC ? All preplanned. It was great India’s Army and Air Force chiefs issued a timely warning.

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  • GrimmJow
    Jan 15, 2013 - 4:17PM

    I’m pretty sure this will soon be forgotten like the several other similar incidents of army base attacks, beheading etc. which have occurred in the past.

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  • Jim
    Jan 15, 2013 - 4:19PM

    Anyone beheaded?

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  • John B
    Jan 15, 2013 - 4:49PM

    As commented previously, keeping PAK engaged in LoC gives strategic victory for Taliban in the western area of PAK. The real threat for PAK is in the west.

    With government in free fall, lot of things could happen including dissolution of assembly to save democracy from military coup.

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  • zoro
    Jan 15, 2013 - 5:40PM

    If Pak army is arming Maoist of India and the ULFA’s … India has all the right to arm all those who are against Pakistan … Its Fair enough… I really wonder why RAW is sleeping as yet (pun intended)…Recommend

  • Umais Ali
    Jan 15, 2013 - 8:07PM

    @zoro:
    Raw isnt sleeping ,
    You are.
    All the blasts in Baluchistan are raw driven.

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  • Jan 15, 2013 - 10:56PM

    @umais ali
    nope…BLA arent RAW puppets but BLF are.

    and puppet does not always equate to ‘receiving funds’.

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  • Jan 15, 2013 - 11:00PM

    These two faced terrorists cannot be trusted. From one side of their mouth they announce not to attack the Pakistani forces, while, the same day, they kill 14 of them with an IED attack. The next day they orchestrate a coordinated attack with over hundred terrorists and kill six more security forces personnel. How can anyone continue to offer these terrorists any leeway with the help of conspiracy theories?

    We strongly condemn these attacks and send our condolences to the families of those killed. Pakistan has suffered enough at the hands of these home grown terrorists. We stand strong with the people and the security forces of Pakistan as they tackle this evil. We are confident that we will prevail.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command
    http://www.centcom.mil/ur

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  • huzaifa
    Jan 16, 2013 - 11:45AM

    @US CENTCOM: principally i fully agree with you that this menace is damaging Pakistan beyond comprehension. i fully agree that extremism is proving to be a cancer as it is eating Pakistan within. These so called fighting jihad are killing nothing else but their own poor muslim brothers who are already suppressed and depressed because of corruption, corrupt politicians and bureacrats and low incom.
    Nexus, we require all the sincere help we can get from our allies. The first one is the closure of all those consulates on Pak -Afghan borders which are financially supporting this machine. You will fully agree with me that without financial support these terrorist cannot sustain for long, then we fail to understand that why NATO and US cannot target their leaders when ur drones hover 24 hours over their heads. We have yet to see some body big being targeted who are terrorising in Pakistan. Then as our forces are fighting with very limited resources, we need help to strengthen those also. FREIND IN NEDD IS A FREINF IN DEED.

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  • huzaifa
    Jan 16, 2013 - 1:31PM

    Ignore the spelling mistakes please, what are some between friends.

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  • Umais Ali
    Jan 16, 2013 - 8:31PM

    Pakistan tribesmen protest against Khyber killings, display bodies infront of governor house kp
    Dnaindia reports.
    Why i dont see this news on pakistani media.
    Shame

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  • Manisha Madhwani
    Jan 17, 2013 - 1:48PM

    Its not Pakistan or India or about their historical past. Both countries are facing problems in their own land whether its recent quad blasts in Pakistan or randomly highlighted just a rape case in India.

    At present, neither Islam would preach Islamism at the cost of people across globe nor India would take weak stand in global scenario with regards to it’s motherland respect.

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