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Pakistan army says Islamist militant attack kills 23 soldiers

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Pakistan army says Islamist militant attack kills 23 soldiers


DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Islamist militants rammed an explosive-laden truck into a police station in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 23 soldiers, the army said, the latest attack in recent months claimed by a Pakistani Taliban group.

The bomb and gun attack occurred in the district of Dera Ismail Khan on the edge of the lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, the army said in a statement.

Two security officials had earlier put the roll at 24.

The police station was being used by the Pakistani Army as a base camp.

Reporting by Saud Mehsud in Dera Ismail Khan and Mushtaq Ali in Peshawar; Writing by Asif Shahzad; Editing by Christian Schmollinger, Clarence Fernandez and Gerry Doyle

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