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Pakistan troops say kill 40 Taliban near Afghan border

Pakistani soldiers patrol on a mountain near a military post overlooking Wana, the main town of the South Waziristan region, near the Afghan border April 11, 2007. REUTERS/Maqsood Mehdi

WANA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani security forces killed at least 40 Taliban militants when they repelled an attack on a paramilitary camp in the South Waziristan region on the Afghan border overnight, intelligence officials said on Sunday.

“Militants came in force and attacked a paramilitary camp and fighting lasted for eight hours. At least 40 militants were killed while four soldiers died,” said an intelligence official in the region.

Another security agency official put the militant toll even higher. There was no independent confirmation of the casualty estimates.

Reporting Hafiz Wazir and Alamgir Bitani, Writing by Kamran Haider; Editing by Robert Birsel and Dean Yates