KARACHI, Pakistan

Five suspected militants and an army soldier were killed in a clash in northwest Pakistan on Monday, the army said.

A group of militants, according to the Pakistan Army’s media wing, attacked a military checkpoint near Miramshah, the capital of North Waziristan district, which borders neighboring Afghanistan.

In exchange of fire, it added, a troop was killed and another three got injured. Five suspected terrorists were also killed in the clash — latest in a series of similar incidents in the region.

North Waziristan — once dubbed the heartland of militancy — is one of seven former semi-autonomous

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