ISLAMABAD (AP) – A group of militants attacked a Pakistan army post from neighbouring Afghanistan Tuesday morning, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and three soldiers killed, the military said, as government warplanes killed 20 local militants elsewhere in the northwest.
“A group of terrorists” crossed over from Afghanistan and attacked the army’s Dandi Kuch post in North Waziristan before fleeing back, the military said in a statement. Three soldiers were “martyred” in the fighting, it said.
The military said Pakistani security forces “valiantly” repulsed the attack and captured one of the attackers.
The attack was likely to further strain relations between Islamabad and Kabul.
Pakistan and Afghanistan share a volatile and porous border that is often the scene of cross-border attacks.
Militants from both countries also cross to use the neighbouring country’s soil as a safe haven.
Pakistan is a key ally of the United States. The latest cross-border attack came as the army is carrying out a major offensive against Pakistani Taleban and foreign militants in the troubled North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
The operation is aimed at targeting those accused of targeting US forces in Afghanistan and attacking civilians and security forces in Pakistan.
The authorities launched the June 15 operation following a militant attack on one of the country’s busiest airports in the port city of Karachi.