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Militants Attack Near Afghan-Pakistani Border


Suspected Islamic militants have attacked security forces on both sides of the Afghanistan - Pakistan border.

Officials in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region say at least eight militants were killed in a gunfight with Pakistani troops Tuesday near the area's main town of Miran Shah. The militants ambushed a security convoy and killed one soldier before the troops returned fire.

Earlier, militants shot to death two police officers in Miran Shah.

In neighboring Afghanistan, officials say suspected Taleban militants attacked a police post and a government office near the Pakistani border. Two police officers were killed. Authorities say several Taleban were also killed, but it is not clear how many.

Militants linked to the Taleban and al-Qaida have been active along Pakistan's rugged northwestern border with Afghanistan since a U.S.-led invasion forced the Taleban from power in Afghanistan in late 2001.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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