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Seven security personnel injured in South Waziristan clash

Seven security personnel injured in South Waziristan clash

PESHAWAR: Seven security personnel were injured during a clash in South Waziristan on Tuesday night.

According to a security official, militants attacked a checkpost in Ladha Tehsil's area of Ziarat as a result of which seven security personnel sustained injuries.

The attack was successfully repulsed after which militant hide-outs were targeted with aerial strikes, security sources said.

In another incident last night, a group of militants from Afghanistan attacked the Nawa Pass security checkpost in Bajaur Agency. The militants were successfully held off, however, two security personnel sustained injuries.

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The semi-autonomous tribal areas on the Afghan border have for years been a hideout for Islamist militants of all stripes, including Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban as well as foreign fighters such as Uzbeks and Uighurs.

Pakistan began a long-awaited push to clear insurgent bases from North Waziristan last June after a bloody Taliban attack on Karachi airport finally sank faltering peace talks.

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People temporarily displaced from Waziristan and Khyber Agency have started returning home, and by July about 600,000 of them would be back in their areas in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi had previously said that a proper plan for the rehabilitation of the displaced people had been made, which would also help improve relations between the state and the citizens.

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