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By Zahir Shah
UPPER DIR – Fifteen militants and at least 6 Pakistani soldiers were killed late June 24 in fighting along the Pakistani-Afghan border in Upper Dir District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, officials said.
Militants attacked a checkpoint and ambushed a patrol sent to the Sunai Dara area, Upper Dir, to investigate a tip that militants were massing along the border.
Fifteen militants were killed when security forces retaliated, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
Besides the six confirmed dead troops, some soldiers were missing, ISPR confirmed.
The militants claimed to have killed more than 17 troops, according to Sirajuddin, Swat Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah’s spokesman.