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At Least 50 Dead In Pakistani-Afghan Clashes

11 June 2004 -- Pakistan's military says continuing clashes near the Afghan border have left at least 50 people dead in the past three days.

The military said today that 35 foreign militants and 15 Pakistani troops have been killed in the South Waziristan tribal region since 9 June, when militants attacked Pakistani army posts.

An army spokesman, Major General Shaukat Sultan, said the military today continued to respond to what he called the militants' "latest unprovoked attacks."

Pakistani officials believe militants, including foreign supporters of Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, are hiding in the border areas. A military assault against militants in the area in March left some 120 people dead.