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Militants attack Pakistani post near Afghan border

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ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's army says a group of militants have attacked one of its positions from neighboring Afghanistan, sparking a shootout that left 11 insurgents and three soldiers killed.

In a statement, the military says "a group of terrorists" from Afghanistan attacked the Pakistani post in the North Waziristan tribal region on Tuesday. The military has been carrying out a major offensive in the area against local and foreign militants since June 15.

It says Pakistan security forces repulsed the attack and captured one of the militants.

Pakistan and Afghanistan share a volatile and porous border that is often the scene of cross-border attacks. Militants from both countries also cross to use the neighboring country's soil as a safe haven.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Pakistan's military says its warplanes have targeted three militant hideouts in a Taliban stronghold near the Afghan border, killing at least 20 insurgents.

An army statement says Tuesday morning's "precise" air strikes also destroyed two ammunition depots of militants in the Khyber tribal region in the country's northwest.

The identity of the dead was not immediately known and the military gave no further details. Pakistani tribal areas are off limits to journalists.

Pakistan is a key ally of the United States. The latest airstrikes come at a time when the country's security forces are carrying out a major offensive against Pakistani Taliban and foreign militants in the troubled North Waziristan tribal region.

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