Pakistani officials say a roadside bomb killed seven Pakistani soldiers
in the northwest Saturday, as the army pushed forward with its
offensive against Taliban militants.
Officials say the bomb
attack occurred in the Khyber tribal area, home to the Khyber Pass, the
main route for moving supplies to international forces fighting in
The attack came as Pakistani warplanes bombed
Taliban bases in the tribal regions. The army said troops killed 33
militants in the latest operations. It said forces are closing in on
key Taliban strongholds in the South Waziristan region, where it
launched its offensive two weeks ago.
The military's latest
report comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ended
her confrontational visit to Pakistan.
During her three-day
trip, Clinton questioned why the country has not captured al-Qaida
leaders, saying "somebody, somewhere in Pakistan" must know where they
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.