Five militants among seven killed in Pakistan

Five militants among seven killed in Pakistan

Five militants were killed and two policemen injured during a clash at Siraband area near Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

About 40 militants attacked a police check point at Sarband early this morning.
Police recovered the bodies of five militants killed in retaliatory firing by the policemen.
Two persons, including a security personnel and a passer-by, were killed in two blasts that occurred in the Khyber tribal region.

The first blast was caused by a roadside bomb in Jamrud area of Khyber Agency this morning, police officials and witnesses were quoted as saying by TV news channels.
A passer-by was killed by the explosion.

Within an hour, the second blast occurred in the same area near a check post manned by the Khasadar militia.

One member of the militia was killed and three more were injured. The injured were taken to a hospital in Peshawar. No group claimed responsibility for the blasts.

Security officials said a preliminary investigation had revealed that the second blast was triggered by remote control.

Security personnel blocked roads for a while and kept people away from the site of the attack.

Several militants groups, including the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Islam, are active in Khyber Agency, the main supply route for NATO forces in Afghanistan

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