Taliban kill Pakistani soldier in attack on army bunker

Intelligence official says Taliban militants fired at army outpost, killing one solider and wounding another

Reuters July 07, 2015
A photo of Pakistan army. PHOTO: AFP

WANA: A Taliban gunman on Tuesday shot and killed a Pakistani soldier in an attack on an army bunker in South Waziristan, an official said.

The attack in South Waziristan, a mountainous region on the country's border with Afghanistan, comes as the military presses an offensive against Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan hideouts in neighbouring North Waziristan.

An intelligence official said Taliban militants hiding in the mountains fired into the army outpost, killing one solider and wounding another.

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"The army shot back, but the enemy hid in the forest cover," the official said on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Pakistan began a major offensive in North Waziristan last summer to drive out TTP and other extremist militants who launch attacks on government and civilian targets from strongholds there.

The army is meeting fierce resistance as it moves further into the lower-lying areas of the Shawal Valley, the Taliban's last stronghold in North Waziristan, military officials said.

Read: 1st phase of Shawal operation completed

Over the weekend, four Pakistani soldiers were killed in three separate attacks in North and South Waziristan.

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