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17 Soldiers Killed In Pakistan Bomb

Pakistan’s military says 17 soldiers have been killed in a suicide bombing attack on a checkpoint in the North Waziristan region, near the Afghan border.

A military statement said the killed soldiers had “embraced martyrdom.”

Earlier reports had spoken of six killed.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack late March 23.

The North Waziristan tribal region is a known stronghold of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants who say they are trying topple the Pakistani government. Pakistani troops have been battling militants in the region for years.

Based on reports from Reuters, AFP and AP