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Pakistan: Militants Behead Two Soldiers

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Pakistani officials say militants have beheaded two Pakistani soldiers who were captured in an attack in the country's northwest tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

The militants seized the soldiers after storming a security outpost on May 6 in Miranshah, capital of North Waziristan, in an assault that officials said left nine Pakistani soldiers dead and 12 others injured.

Responding to the attack, officials said army helicopters on May 7 shelled suspected militant hideouts and also struck three houses and a mosque in Miranshah.

Three civilians were reported killed and 20 were wounded in the strikes.

It remains unclear how many militants may have been killed.

The May 6 militant ambush came a day after a U.S. drone attack killed nine suspected militants in the Shawal area of North Waziristan, a hotbed of Islamist insurgent activity.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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