Taliban militants kill 14 Pakistani troops

At least 14 members of Pakistan’s security forces were killed on Friday when Taliban insurgents attacked a checkpoint in the northwest of the country near the Afghan border, DawnNews TV channel quoted local police as saying.

DawnNews said several hundred militants attacked the checkpoint in the Lower Dir, seen by Pakistani authorities as a hotbed of Taliban Movement of Pakistan, or Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, which reportedly has links to Al-Qaeda.

According to Pakistani media, about 4,000 people have been killed in terrorist attacks in Pakistan since 2007.

Earlier on Friday, Taliban militants also launched an attack on NATO gasoline tanker trucks in northern Afghanistan’s Baghlan Province, Bakhtar news agency reported.

The attack came after a NATO-led operation in the province on Monday in which 11 Taliban militants were killed, including Fatah Haqane, named by the Taliban as their district governor.

NEW DELHI, April 22 (RIA Novosti)


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