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Deadly militant attack on Pakistan military checkpoint

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At least eight soldiers have been killed and 25 injured after militants ambushed a checkpoint in north-west Pakistan, officials say.

The attack occurred in the Kurram tribal agency, an area where militants have been active in recent years.

Officials said about 20 militants died in the battle which ensued after about 100 ambushed the checkpoint.

Last week at least 23 people were killed in clashes between soldiers and militants in exactly the same location.

The army has several anti-militant operations ongoing in the tribal areas close to the Afghan border.

Pakistan launched an offensive in Kurram in July against the militants.

One local administrative official told the AP news agency that militants attacked soldiers who were trying to secure a strategic position in the mountainous Jogi area of Kurram.

Correspondents say that while the army has fought Pakistani Taliban militants across many of the tribal regions, it has so far not bowed to intense American pressure to take action against the al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in its stronghold of North Waziristan.