ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military on Sunday said two soldiers were killed in a shootout with militants during a search operation in the countrys northwest, a former militant stronghold.
The operation was conducted late Saturday in the Spalga area near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan.
The area has served as a base for Pakistani and foreign militants until recent years, when the military claimed troops had cleared it.
Earlier this month, the Pakistani Taliban took responsibility for a powerful roadside bomb in northwestern Pakistan that targeted a military vehicle, killing three soldiers and wounding four.
That attack raised fears that the Pakistani Taliban were regrouping in the region. Also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, they are a separate…