Pakistani Taliban kills 6 army soldiers near Afghanistan border

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has killed at least six Pakistani in an attack in the South Waziristan district near the Afghanistan border.

The media wing of Pakistan’s Armed Forces, ISPR said in a statement that an intense fire exchange erupted between their soldiers and TTP militants on Tuesday in the Asman Manza area of South Waziristan.

ISPR confirmed that six Pakistani soldiers were killed during the clash, adding four militants were also killed and two others wounded.

TTP said its fighters had ambushed two military vehicles.

Terror attacks, often involving TTP militants, have surged across Pakistan while the country’s army has blamed Taliban authorities for not cracking down on militant hideouts inside Afghanistan.

Last month, Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Asif Durrani delivered a “clear message” to Taliban senior officials in a meeting in Kabul that Pakistan’s patience is running out concerning cross-border violence.

Taliban has denied Pakistan’s allegations that Afghanistan soil is used for cross-border militant attacks, saying that Pakistan should find a solution to tackle terror threats on its own.

A recent UN Security Council Monitoring report asserted that factions of TTP militants who are being sheltered in Afghanistan are avoiding control by the Taliban in a bid to merge with Al-Qaeda to expand its influence.