Fresh clashes kill three soldiers, 11 militants
[Dawn] Fresh festivities in Pakistain's northwestern tribal area along the Afghan border on Tuesday left three soldiers and 11 Death Eaters dead, security officials said.
The latest fighting occurred as part of a Pakistain army operation to repel Talibs who had crossed over from Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
in Afghanistan early Friday and occupied the village of Batwar in the Bajaur tribal district.
Officials said several soldiers were also missing in the festivities.
The fighting has so far left 50 dead including 31 jihad boys, three soldiers and two members of a government backed peace committee who were killed on Monday.
"During the ongoing festivities in the Batwar border area of Bajaur, 11 Death Eaters were killed today while several were maimed," a security bigshot based in the region's main city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar told AFP.
"Three security personal have also embraced shahadat (martyrdom) while some are missing," he said.
Pak troops tossed in the slammer
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
eight Death Eaters while "the dead bodies of some Death Eaters are in the custody of security forces," he added.
Another government official from Khar, the main town of the Bajaur tribal district, confirmed the latest fighting and new corpse count. He requested anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to the media.
The area is cut off to journalists and aid workers and it was not possible to confirm the corpse count independently.
Bajaur is one of seven districts in Pakistain's semi-autonomous tribal belt, where Taliban and al Qaeda-linked Death Eaters have carved out strongholds used to plot attacks on Pakistain.
Pakistain has lost more than 3,000 soldiers in the fight against homegrown forces of Evil but has resisted US pressure to do more to eliminate havens used by those fighting the Americans in Afghanistan.
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