On Monday, the Pakistani army announced that 5 militants and a soldier were killed in clashes between its forces and the Pakistani Taliban, in North Waziristan province, in the northwest of the country.
The army said in a statement that its forces raided a hideout of the “Pakistani Taliban” near the border with Afghanistan.
The statement indicated that an exchange of fire took place between the two parties, killing five gunmen and a soldier, according to the Associated Press.
The clashes took place in North Waziristan province, according to the statement, without giving further details on the date of the clashes and the identity of the dead.
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For its part, the Pakistani Taliban, known as “Taliban Movement”, said that its militants “killed a soldier during a raid by government forces on their hideouts in North Waziristan.”
The group said in a statement that it “thwarted the military raid,” but did not give details of any losses, according to the agency.
Clashes have escalated between the Pakistani army and the Pakistani Taliban since the movement in Afghanistan came to power following the US withdrawal from the country in August 2021.