Pro-Taleban militants have captured 24 soldiers from a military checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan.

Police say more than 150 militants attacked the post Monday night near the town of Bannu, in the restive North Waziristan region.

Officials say the militants captured the soldiers after heavy gunfire.

Last month, officials said pro-Taleban militants released at least 25 of nearly 250 Pakistani soldiers held captive near the Afghan border since late August.

Pakistan is struggling to contain a recent upsurge in violence in its northwestern region following the collapse of a peace deal in July between the government and pro-Taleban tribesmen.

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