Militants kill 2 Pak soldiers in North Waziristan

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Peshawar, Oct 23: Pro-Taliban militants in North Waziristan have killed two Pakistani soldiers in separate incidents, official sources have said.

Naik Waris Khan, a paramilitary soldier, was killed when militants attacked the Tall checkpost, 20 kilometres south of Miranshah on the Miranshah-Razmak road, sources said.

Another soldier was killed when a remote-controlled roadside bomb hit a military convoy near Eidak village, 18 kilometres east of Miranshah on the Miranshah-Bannu highway.

The security forces retaliated, but no militant was killed.

Meanwhile, a rift has developed between locals tribals and the Uzbeks in North Waziristan as "the locals believe that foreign fighters are responsible for the recent killings of villagers", sources said.

It has also been learnt that the locals are planning to call a jirga to announce a deadline for the foreigners to leave the area.

"The locals say they will use arms to flush the foreigners out of the area if they fail to meet the deadline," the Daily Times quoted sources, as saying.

The Ahmad Zai Wazir tribe from South Waziristan and local Taliban who are supporting the government have announced a one-week deadline for those who fled with foreign militants to come back before a jirga or face action.

The deadline was set at a jirga at Rustam Adda in Wana. Hundred of tribesmen from Ahmadzai tribe and the local Taliban attended the jirga.

Elders of the Ahmadzai tribe said that stern action would be taken if the tribesmen who fled did not come before the jirga.


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