8 soldiers among 20 killed in Taliban attack on Pak check post

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 02, 2013 07:44 hrs

Islamabad: Dozens of Taliban fighters attacked a security forces check post in Pakistan's restive northwest today, triggering a fierce clash that left 12 militants and eight paramilitary personnel dead.

Security forces foiled the raid on the isolated check post, located at Serai Norang area in Lakki Marwat district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, after intense fighting.

The militants, who had sophisticated weapons, launched the attack shortly before 4 am.

"Twelve terrorists were killed. The bodies of four terrorists, of whom two were wearing suicide jackets, are in the custody of the security forces," said a security official who did not want to be named.

Six personnel of the Frontier Constabulary were killed and eight more were injured.

The injured personnel were taken to military hospitals in Bannu and Peshawar, the official said.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan claimed responsibility for the attack.

He claimed four suicide bombers were involved in the attack.

Ihsan said the attack was carried out in retaliation for the recent deaths of two Taliban commanders in US drone strikes.

He accused the Pakistan Army of helping in the drone strikes.

Media reports said the Taliban fighters used heavy weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades, to target the check post.

About 40 militants carried out the attack, reports said.

Sounds of explosions and firing were heard in the area for several hours.

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