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Dozens die in clashes in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — Military operations and insurgent attacks in lawless districts of Pakistan left eight members of the security forces and around 30 militants and criminal suspects dead on Sunday, officials said.

Two soldiers and 16 militants were killed in clashes in the Khyber tribal region in the northwest, the military said in a statement. The army has launched an offensive into the valley targeting the Pakistani Taliban and an allied group, Lashkar-e-Islam. The military said the latest fighting forced the militants to flee from two hideouts, leaving behind a huge cache of arms.

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In the North Waziristan tribal region, another district bordering Afghanistan, a roadside bomb attack on a convoy killed two soldiers, said two Pakistani intelligence officials. The tribal region is home to both Pakistani and Afghan militant groups, including Al Qaeda-linked organizations.

Also Sunday, two members of the paramilitary Frontier Corps were reportedly killed in clashes in the southwestern province of Baluchistan, and two police guards for a parliamentary candidate were killed in the province’s Sibbi district.

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