7 Pakistani troops killed in ambush near Afghan border

Baku, April 16, AZERTAC

At least seven Pakistani troops were killed in an ambush by suspected militants near the Afghan border, according to a military statement on Friday, according to Anadolu Agency.

The incident, which ranks as one of the deadliest attacks in recent months, took place in the Isham area of the restless North Waziristan district when a group of heavily armed militants ambushed an army convoy.

In an exchange of fire, the statement said, seven soldiers and four terrorists were killed.

"Pakistan Army is determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism and such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve," the statement added.

Paying tributes to the killed soldiers, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said Islamabad would continue fighting terrorism.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. However, security agencies blame the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella group of several militant outfits reportedly operating from bordering areas in Afghanistan.


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