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Militants kill 9 Pakistani soldiers near border
Islamist militants kill 9 Pakistani soldiers in attack close to the Afghan border
By The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) ' The Pakistani army says militants have ambushed a security checkpoint in a region close to the border with Afghanistan, killing nine soldiers.

The army says the attack took place Sunday in Miran Shah town in North Waziristan, a militant sanctuary frequently targeted by American drones.

Unlike other tribal regions, the military has yet to launch an offensive in North Waziristan.

The army statement says militants had been firing on the checkpoint for the past few days before they ambushed it.

Miran Shah is home to Islamist terrorists from around the world, and insurgents fighting American forces in Afghanistan.

(This version CORRECTS town where attack took place to Miran Shah, from Mir Ali.)

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