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Ten Troops, 23 Militants Reported Killed In Pakistan Clash

Officials in Pakistan are quoted as saying at least 10 Pakistani soldiers and 23 suspected militants have been killed in a clash in the northwestern Khyber tribal region, near the Afghanistan border.

Security officials are quoted by the AFP and Reuters news agencies as saying the clash occurred on March 2 in the Tirah valley, and one official was quoted as saying the fighting lasted for nearly six hours.

Reports say the clash broke out after militants attacked a security checkpoint and Pakistani troops returned fire.

An AFP report quotes a Khyber official as saying militants of the Taliban-linked Lashkar-e-Islam group launched the attack.

Independent confirmation of the accounts given by government officials of the incident was not available.

With Reuters and AFP reporting