Attackers wipe out Afghan border post

A newly constructed security checkpoint near the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been destroyed by a rocket attack, killing eight people.

    Attacks on security forces are common in northern Pakistan

    The attack occurred on Saturday in a village close to Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan.

    Pakistan has deployed thousands of troops and security forces in the mainly tribal region in effort to flush out suspected members of the Taliban, al-Qaida and their local supporters.

    A senior security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said all eight soldiers guarding the checkpoint were killed.

    Another security official, again remaining anonymous, said that the dead troops had moved to the new checkpoint only hours before the attack.

    Anti-terror effort

    He said Pakistani forces supported by helicopters were trying to track down the assailants.

    The checkpoint was built as part of Pakistan's efforts to stop potential terrorists travelling unmonitored between Pakistan and Afghanistan, where US forces are trying to combat rebels.

    Pakistan is a key ally of the United States in its war on terror and it has killed or captured scores of supspected terrorists in Waziristan regions since the 9/11 attacks.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.

    What happens when the US government shuts down?

    The US government has shut down. What happens next?

    US federal government begins partial shutdown after Senate blocks short-term spending bill. What happens next?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?