At least four soldiers and nine militants were killed during an operation on Saturday in Pakistan’s restive tribal region where the army is fighting a major offensive against Taliban insurgents.
Pakistan’s military said the incident took place in the Pre Ghar area on the border between North and South Waziristan tribal regions.
“At least nine terrorists were killed in a cordon and search operation. Four soldiers also embraced shahadat (martyrdom),” the military said in a statement.
The conflict zone is remote and off-limits to journalists making it difficult to verify the army’s claims, including the number and identity of those killed.