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Fighting Kills 10 in Pakistan's Northwest

Pakistani officials say a clash between security forces and Taliban militants has killed at least 10 people in the northwestern Swat Valley region.

Officials say the fighting erupted when militants attacked a paramilitary convoy late Tuesday in the Kabal area, a Taliban stronghold. They say security forces later foiled a suicide attack, destroying an explosives-laden vehicle in the same area.

Officials say at least five security personnel and five militants were killed in the fighting.

Since August, Pakistan's military has been locked in ongoing battles against Taliban and al-Qaida militants in parts of the country's rural northwest.

The Pakistani government is under pressure from neighboring Afghanistan and the United States to take on militants based along the Afghan border.

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