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Pakistan: 8 policemen killed in firefight

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  • Suspected Taliban militants kill eight tribal police officers in village
  • Men killed during firefight in Mohmand Agency near Afghan border
  • Four other people were wounded in the gun battle
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Suspected Taliban militants killed eight tribal police officers in a village near the Afghan border Saturday, officials said.

The officers were killed during an exchange of fire between the militants and tribal police in a village in the Mohmand Agency, military officials said.

Four other people were wounded in the gun battle.

Mohmand is one of seven semiautonomous tribal areas -- known as "agencies" -- along the porous 1,500-mile border that Pakistan shares with Afghanistan. Intelligence officials say the region is rife with Islamic extremists who have launched attacks inside Pakistan and in Afghanistan.

CNN's Thomas Evans contributed to this report.

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