Death toll put at 37 in Pakistan clash

AFP-JIJI

At least 34 militants and three soldiers were killed in gunfights in a restive Pakistani tribal region where troops have now gained control of strategic heights, officials said Friday.

The clashes took place in an area between the tribal districts of Kurram and Khyber, in the villages of Para Chamkani and Maidan, during an operation against Taliban militants.

“During the last 24 hours at least 34 militants have been killed in the operation,” a senior security official said.

A second security official based in northwestern city of Peshawar confirmed the toll.

Earlier Friday, the military said in a statement that 19 militants died and three of its soldiers also died in gunfights.