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'Taliban die' in Pakistan clashes

A tanker carrying fuel for Nato forces in Afghanistan was attacked by militants in Pakistan on July 13, 2009.
Nato supply trucks are regularly attacked in Pakistan

Pro-government tribesmen have killed at least 15 Taliban insurgents in north-west Pakistan, officials say.

The clashes took place in Ambar village in the lawless Mohmand tribal region, bordering Afghanistan's Kunar province. Three tribesmen were reported injured.

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

In the neighbouring Khyber tribal area, militants attacked a tanker carrying fuel for Nato forces in Afghanistan. Two people died in the attack.

'On the run'

The tribesmen belong to a pro-government tribal lashkar (militia) which has been engaged in clashes with the militants in recent weeks.

"The clash took place in the Kohmor Gar area of Mohmand's Anbar sub-division late on Monday evening," Major Fazl, a spokesman for Pakistan's paramilitary Frontier Corps told the BBC Urdu service.

"The Taliban lost 15 men, while three of the tribesmen were injured."

Pakistan's government has encouraged the tribesmen and groups have been set up in several regions, but they face stiff Taliban resistance.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Khyber, militants ambushed a tanker carrying fuel for Nato forces in Afghanistan.

The attack took place near the town of Landi Kotal on the main highway which links Pakistan with Afghanistan.

"Militants first fired a mortar on the oil tanker and then set it on fire," local official Rehan Gul Khattak said.

"A gunfight broke out with paramilitary troops which left two civilians dead and three others wounded," Mr Khattak said.

The Taliban regularly carry out attacks in North-West Frontier Province on trucks carrying supplies for Nato personnel in Afghanistan.



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