KARACHI, Pakistan

Five suspected terrorists and two army soldiers were killed in a clash in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan region on Thursday.

The clash occurred in North Waziristan’s Dattakhel area, near the border with Afghanistan, during a raid on a hideout and resulted in the death of two troops, the Pakistani Army’s media wing said in a statement.

The raid came a day after Pakistan closed a key border crossing after suspected militants fired two rockets at troops from across the border.

North Waziristan – once dubbed the heartland of militancy – is one of seven former semi-autonomous tribal regions

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