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Pakistan militants target checkpoint

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Five security personnel have been killed by militants in north-west Pakistan during an attack on a security checkpoint, police officials say.

The attack took place on the southern outskirts of Peshawar, capital of North West Frontier Province.

The checkpoint is located on the border with Khyber tribal region.

The rocket and gun attack was launched by more than a dozen suspected militants during the night, a police official told the BBC's Urdu service.

No group has so far said it carried out the attack.

The checkpoint, located near Spin Qabar village on Peshawar's border with Khyber's Bara sub-district, remained a regular target for militants until a year ago.

The BBC's M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says that dozens of security personnel died in those attacks.

But our correspondent says that militant attacks have since then become few and far between.

Five people were killed in a suicide attack last week on another checkpoint at Bara, west of Peshawar.

Security forces have been conducting limited operations against militant groups in Khyber for more than a year.

More than 600 people have died in militant attacks in Pakistan since October, when Pakistan's army launched an assault against the Taliban.

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