Seven Pakistani Soldiers, Nine Militants Dead In Waziristan Firefight, Military Says

Seven Pakistani soldiers have been killed in a firefight after they raided militant hideouts in the mountains of North Waziristan near the Afghan border, the military says.Nine militants were also killed in the battle near the Gharlamai and Spera Kunar Algad areas of North Waziristan, the military said on September 22.The report said the militants had infiltrated Pakistan by crossing the border from Afghanistan.It added that an army captain was among the Pakistani fatalities.North Waziristan has long been a sanctuary for the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups.Islamic militants had a substantial number of sanctuaries in North Waziristan until a 2014 Pakistani Army offensive, after which most militants escaped to Afghanistan.

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