Three Pakistani troops were wounded Monday when attackers fired rockets at their security checkpoint in a remote tribal area near the Afghan border.

The troops were manning the post near the town of Miran Shah in the troubled North Waziristan region when the attack occurred before dawn.

Soldiers returned fire with artillery and machine guns and a gun battle broke out. Three soldiers were hit by shrapnel from rockets.

Islamic militants have been blamed for attacks on security forces in the region.

Meanwhile, Pakistani security forces are pressuring tribal leaders to hand over suspected militants responsible for recent attacks on government forces that have claimed more than 22 lives, including at least eight soldiers at a checkpoint in North Waziristan.

Tens of thousands of Pakistani forces have been deployed in the region to search for foreign militants.

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