Page last updated at 08:55 GMT, Saturday, 2 May 2009 09:55 UK

'Taleban killed' in Pakistan raid

A Pakistan tank in Lower Dir after fighting with the Taleban
The Pakistan army battled Taleban in North West Frontier Province

The Pakistan army has fought off a Taleban attack on an outpost near the Afghan border, killing at least 13 militants, the military says.

An army major said the two soldiers died in the pre-dawn attack in the lawless Mohmand tribal region, bordering Afghanistan's Kunar province.

Mohmand in North-West Frontier Province is said to be a hub for Taleban.

The attack comes days after the army fought with Taleban in the north-west's Buner region, killing about 60.

"The Taleban attack [in Mohmand] was launched before dawn, troops retaliated and heavy fighting continued until early this morning," military spokesman Major Fazal Khan said, according to AFP news agency.

The army fought the Taleban in Mohmand in March, killing 26 militants.

The Taleban had carried out a series of attacks on trucks laden with supplies for Nato personnel in Afghanistan near Peshawar, the capital of North-West Frontier Province.

On Friday, following the days of battle in neighbouring Buner and Lower Dir, talks were held to shore up a peace deal in the NWFP.

Both sides - the cleric who negotiated the deal and NWFP officials - said they backed the peace deal but no agreement was concluded on a truce.

The Pakistani government and some Western nations are concerned that the Taleban are trying to extend their influence beyond the Swat Valley, an area which they largely control already.

The Taleban and the NWFP government this year agreed a deal that would bring Sharia law to large parts of the region in return for an end to the insurgency.

However, the Taleban have not laid down their arms.

Pakistan map showing Dagar

Print Sponsor

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific