25 Pakistani forces killed after cross-border raid

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Posted: Jun 02, 2011 12:33 AM
25 Pakistani forces killed after cross-border raid

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Twenty five Pakistani security forces have been killed in northwest Pakistan in fighting that erupted after about 200 militants crossed over from Afghanistan and attacked a security checkpost, a government official said on Thursday.

Skirmishes had been going on for 24 hours in a village in Dir region, Ghulam Mohammad Khan, a top local government official, said by telephone.

"We are preparing to evacuate 25 bodies from the village," he said, referring to police and paramilitary forces killed in the fighting that spread to a forest.

(Reporting by Kamran Haider; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Ron Popeski)