ISLAMABAD: Four soldiers were killed in a firefight with the Pakistani Taliban, the country's army said Friday, in the deadliest confrontation between the militants and security forces since a truce was called off earlier this month, reports AFP.
Security forces were raiding suspected hideouts in the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan when four soldiers were killed "during an intense exchange of fire", an army statement said.
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) -- a separate movement that shares common roots with the militants that took power in Afghanistan in August -- said the army raid was on a "centre" for its group.
The TTP claimed in a statement that seven soldiers had been killed in its counter attack on Wednesday night, while its fighters escaped unharmed.
In a separate incident the army said Friday that two men were killed in a clash in neighbouring Tank district in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The militants were involved in "terrorist activities against security forces, targeted killing and kidnapping for ransom", a statement said.