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Pakistan troops killed in North Waziristan ambush

A Pakistani army soldier mans a machine gun near Wana in Waziristan
The US describes the area as one of the most dangerous in the world

At least seven soldiers have been killed in an ambush by militants in the Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan, officials say.

The insurgents ambushed the troops on Thursday in the Dattakhel area. At least 16 soldiers were injured.

The area is part of the lawless tribal region bordering Afghanistan and is a Taliban and al-Qaeda stronghold.

Meanwhile suspected Taliban militants in the same region have killed four men they accused of spying for the US.

The BBC's Haroon Rashid in Islamabad says that all of North Waziristan is extremely tense and a curfew has been imposed there.

"The military convoy was carrying out a routine movement from Miranshah to Dattakhel," a statement from the military said.

The mutilated bodies of those accused of spying for the US were dumped in an open area in Mir Ali, a major town in North Waziristan.

Dozens of men have been killed in a similar fashion in North Waziristan in recent years.

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