Peshawar: (Thursday, July 12, 2012) As the insurgents from Afghanistan continue to strike in Pakistani areas on will, dozens of militants from the country crossed the border and attacked a village on Thursday, said Pakistani military
officials.

The officials also feared that the incident will exacerbate the already tense situation between the two countries.

As the Pakistan army encountered the militants, it left eight of them dead in the tribal region of Bajaur, while in the skirmish, two Pakistani soldiers received wounds.

Sharing the details, a local military official said that the militants had taken positions in the village of Katkot in the Mamund area, and were surrounded by Pakistani forces.

A top government official, Abdul Jabbar said, “The militants attacked the village, focusing on government buildings. Security forces have surrounded them and have called in gunship helicopters as well, but are not resorting to
heavy weapons because of the presence of civilians.”

“They are effectively holding the village hostage” he added further.

Bajaur, a tribal region near Pakistan Afghanistan border has been under constant attack of the militants from Afghanistan. Pakistan army has mounted recent offensives there against the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban.

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