Militants kill five Pakistani troops
A militant attack has left at least five Pakistani paramilitary soldiers dead in the troubled northwestern tribal belt near the Afghan border.
The soldiers were killed in South Waziristan agency, which is considered a militant stronghold, a Press TV correspondent reported on Friday.
The causalities come after heavily-armed militants targeted a military outpost in an overnight attack in the region.
Pakistani military officials say another soldier has been missing after a gun battle with militants in the same volatile region.
The Pakistani army has launched several operations in the northwest in a bid to flush out pro-Taliban militants from its tribal zone.
Militants have been blamed for the deaths of thousands of people in attacks across Pakistan in recent years.
Militant attacks and political unrest have claimed the lives of over 4,000 people throughout Pakistan since 2007.