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18 dead as Taliban storm Pak army post

world Updated: May 02, 2009 22:39 IST

Taliban attacked a Pakistani security post close to the Afghan border sparking a fierce battle which left 16 militants and two border guards dead, as army helicopter gunships pounded militant positions in various parts of Buner as operations entered the fifth day on Saturday.

A group of heavily-armed militants attacked the check post in Mohmand tribal region, killing two border guards and wounding five others. Pakistani troops had recently carried out a huge operation in the area to flush out the Taliban who were threatening the provincial capital of Peshawar.

Three more security personnel, including the official in-charge of the post, were reported missing after the attack. The Frontier Corps repulsed the attack using artillery and mortars and after the attack 16 militant bodies were found near the post, official sources were quoted as saying by TV news channels.

‘Pak to review deal’

A controversial deal with the Taliban would be reviewed if the militants don't live up to their end of the bargain and peace doesn't return to the area, PMYusuf Raza Gilani said Saturday. “If agreement is not honoured by the other side and peace remains elusive, we would revisit and review the deal,” Gilani told reporters in Islamabad.