Pakistan’s military said Pakistani security forces attacked a militant hideout near the Afghan border Wednesday, triggering a shootout that left eight militants and two children dead and two soldiers wounded.
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It was not clear who led his fire to the killing of the two children during a raid on a settlement site in South Waziristan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, northwest of the country.
In its statement on the violence, the army did not specify which armed group the dead rebels belonged to.
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South Waziristan served as a base for the Pakistani Taliban and other militants until a few years ago, when the army said it had cleared the area of militants. But the occasional attacks continued.
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The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, is an insurgent group separate from the Afghan Taliban, although Pakistani armed groups are often interlinked with those across the border in Afghanistan.
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