More than 100 Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in Pakistan's South Waziristan region, triggering gunbattles that left eight soldiers dead.
The attack took place early Thursday morning in the Marabi area near the border with Afghanistan.
Officials say Pakistani forces killed at least 10 Taliban fighters. At least seven soldiers were wounded in the firefight.
In other violence, bomb attacks across the country killed at least seven people Thursday.
At least four people were killed in a bomb blast in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Officials say a roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying police officers in southwest Baluchistan province, leaving two dead and one injured.
In the northwestern Upper Dir district, at least one person was killed when a roadside bomb hit a vehicle.
No one has claimed responsibility for any of the attacks.