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Militants attack 2 troop posts in tribal region

August 12, 2006

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— Islamic militants fired dozens of rockets at two military posts in northwest Pakistan, an official said Friday.

No injuries were reported in the renewed violence in South Waziristan, a tribal region along the border with Afghanistan. Militants suspected of links with al-Qaida and local tribesmen sympathetic to the Afghan Taliban militia operate there.

The two posts were targeted in separate attacks Thursday in Shakai, a mountain valley and former militant stronghold north of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, a government official in Wana said on condition of anonymity. The official did not have the authority to speak to the media.

In the first attack, 12 rockets landed near a mountaintop security post near Shakai but no one was hurt. Several hours later, about 15 rockets slammed into a field near another post in Landi Noor village in Shakai, the official said. Troops fired back with assault rifles but the attackers were not believed to have been hurt.

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