Pakistani forces with helicopter gunships Monday continued to pound Islamic rebel positions in the semi-autonomous tribal region bordering Afghanistan, and the military says 19 pro-Taleban militants were killed.

The government says with the latest fighting, a total of more than 120 rebels have been killed in three days of fierce clashes in the remote North Waziristan area.

The military says five government soldiers were also killed in the fighting that began Saturday when militants attacked a security outpost in the region's main town of Miranshah and seized several government buildings. The army imposed a curfew in the town after re-taking the buildings.

The fighting came days after Pakistani security forces attacked a militants' camp used to train terrorists. More than 40 foreign fighters and tribal militants were killed in that raid near the Afghan border.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.