Nine Pakistani troops killed in militant ambush

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Sun May 6, 2012 11:45pm IST

Related Topics

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Militants in Pakistan's tribal badlands bordering Afghanistan ambushed a military convoy on Sunday morning, killing nine Pakistani troops.

Army officials said the convoy was passing through Amin Picket, a security outpost on a hilltop outside Miranshah in North Waziristan, when "dozens" of militants attacked the troops.

"Militants hiding there opened fire at the soldiers with AK-47 assault rifles and RPG," a senior Pakistan army official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

"Three gunship choppers were called in but the militants even fired rockets at the choppers."

Nine troops, including an officer were killed, and 12 more injured in the attack. The army official said the troops had retaliated and killed "a number of militants."

Tribesmen in Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan and a known hotbed of militants, including the Taliban, al Qaeda and the Haqqani Network, said they saw army helicopter gunships pounding suspected militant positions in the town.

"As we were very close to the battlefield and could see from roofs of our houses, the security suffered heavy losses," said Razaullah Dawar, a local resident.

"Besides human losses, some of their heavy trucks and jeeps were burnt and were lying on the spot till evening."

It was not known exactly who attacked the convoy, but one security official, requesting anonymity, said the Pakistan Taliban were behind the attack.

A senior commander affiliated with Hafiz Gul Bahadur, a pro-government militant leader in North Waziristan, condemned the attack and denied involvement.

"We have a peace accord with the government and condemn the killing of Pakistani soldiers in Waziristan. We will continue following the peace agreement with the government," he said.

Pakistan has cut peace deals with several militant groups who do not attack Pakistani forces but who use Pakistani territory to stage attacks against NATO forces in Afghanistan.

A problematic U.S. ally, Pakistan has failed to break the back of the Taliban despite numerous crackdowns.

The Taliban mount suicide bombings, which often kill civilians, and shooting attacks on security forces in their campaign to topple the government.

(Writing by Chris Allbritton; editing by Andrew Roche)

FILED UNDER:
  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

BIRD FLU

A man moves his ducks away in Alleppey town, 90 km south of Cochin  August 8, 2003. REUTERS/Sherwin Crasto/Files

India culls ducks after bird flu outbreaks in Kerala

India has found two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in Kerala, prompting the authorities to cull more than 200,000 ducks, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday.  Full Article 

REUTERS SHOWCASE

J&K Election

J&K Election

Kashmiris turn out to vote as BJP bids for power.  Full Article 

Tobacco Curbs

Tobacco Curbs

India moves toward ban on loose cigarettes to deter smoking.  Full Article 

Monetary Policy

Monetary Policy

EXCLUSIVE - RBI under rate cut pressure as growth slips back.  Full Article 

SAARC Summit

SAARC Summit

Modi gives Buddha a miss as SAARC leaders flock to Nepal.  Full Article 

Feasibility Study

Feasibility Study

China to offer aid for India high-speed rail study.  Full Article 

U.S. Riots

U.S. Riots

St. Louis suburb smolders after racially charged riots.  Full Article 

Reformist Government

Reformist Government

In Modi’s India, green shoots of reform from Rajasthan.  Full Article 

Emergency Surgery

Emergency Surgery

Australia's Hughes in intensive care after surgery.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage