“The firing occurred on Frontier Corps check post northeast of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan,” Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement today.
“The terrorists opened heavy fire from across the Pak-Afghan border early on Tuesday,” the ISPR said.
Troops have been deployed along the border with neighbouring agencies to block any movement of terrorists in and out of the region, the statement of the military’s media wing further said.
AFP reports: Heavy cross-border fire from Afghanistan killed seven Pakistani soldiers early Tuesday at a checkpost in the restive tribal region of South Waziristan, the army said.
“Seven Frontier Corps soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom),” a military statement said.
The statement said the checkpost was northeast of Angoor Adda in South Wazirstan, bordering Afghanistan.
The latest attack came two months after a cross-border rocket attack by militants on a Pakistani checkpoint in Khyber tribal region, which killed at least four soldiers and wounded four others in August.
Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border are rife with homegrown insurgents and are strongholds of Taliban and Al-Qaeda operatives.
Pakistan has been battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency for over a decade following the late 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.