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Pakistani Clashes Leave At Least 8 Dead


MIRANSHAH, Pakistan -- At least eight people have been reported killed in clashes between the Pakistani army and militants in North Waziristan, a tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

Omar Khan, a resident of Miranshah, where clashes have taken place, told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that the sides were exchanging gunfire on the morning of March 19.

Security officials said four militants and one soldier were killed in fighting after militants attacked an army outpost late on March 18 in Miranshah.

The authorities said that the military retaliated early on March 19 by targeting suspected militant safe houses, and three civilians were reported killed and others wounded.

No independent confirmation was available of the casualty tolls given by the military.

Pakistan's tribal belt is a hotbed of militant activity and is a stronghold of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants.

With AFP reporting
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    Radio Mashaal was launched in January 2010 in order to counter a growing number of Islamic extremist radio stations in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province (now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the border with Afghanistan.

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