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Pakistan: Militants behead two soldiers

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 7 May 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Pakistan: Militants behead two soldiers, 7 May 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4fab718628.html [accessed 24 April 2014]
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Last updated (GMT/UTC): 07.05.2012 12:31

Pakistani officials say militants have beheaded two Pakistani soldiers who were captured in an attack in the country's northwest tribal area bordering Afghanistan.

The militants seized the soldiers after storming a security outpost on May 6 in Miranshah, capital of North Waziristan, in an assault that officials said left nine Pakistani soldiers dead and 12 others injured.

Responding to the attack, officials said army helicopters on May 7 shelled suspected militant hideouts and also struck three houses and a mosque in Miranshah.

Three civilians were reported killed and 20 were wounded in the strikes.

It remains unclear how many militants may have been killed.

The May 6 militant ambush came a day after a U.S. drone attack killed nine suspected militants in the Shawal area of North Waziristan, a hotbed of Islamist insurgent activity.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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