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Pakistani Troops Kill Five Militants

Pakistan’s military says the country’s security forces killed five militants in a northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The military said in a statement that the shoot-out took place on February 20 in the Mohmand tribal region.

The troops found the militants near Ghalanai, the main town of Mohmand.

The statement said that the men were planning “terrorist activity.”

Just a few days earlier, on February 17, Taliban militants killed at least nine policemen in two attacks in Mohmand.

Mohmand is one of several districts that make up Pakistan's tribal belt near the Afghan border where the military has been battling Al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked militants for more than a decade.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

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