Three soldiers, 7 militants killed in Bajaur Agency

BAJAUR: Seven militants were killed on Monday in a clash with security forces in Bajaur Agency near the Afghan border, officials said.
At least three soldiers also embraced martyrdom. Heavy exchange of fire took place during an operation to clear suspected militants from the mountainous Banda area of Salarzai town in Bajaur tribal district along the Afghan border, local and security officials said.
“Two soldiers and an army captain have been martyred while seven militants were also killed in the clash,” a security official adding that two soldiers were wounded. Frontier Corps and local tribal police early Monday launched a house-to-house “search and cordon operation to clear the area of militants”, the official told.
A group of militants attacked them in the afternoon triggering “a heavy exchange of fire which lasted for several hours”, the official said, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to media.