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Security personnel attacked in Pakistan

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police: Attack happened in Speen Qabar, bordering Peshawar and Khyber agency
  • Peshawar at core of Pakistan's war on terror
  • Attack coincides with drone attacks that kill suspected militants
  • Twenty drone strike have occurred in Pakistan's tribal region, according to CNN count
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Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Dozens of armed militants attacked a joint police and military checkpoint in Pakistan's troubled northwest early Wednesday, killing five security personnel, police said.

Three soldiers and two police officers were killed, and another security personnel member was injured, said Muhammad Karim Khan, a senior police official in Peshawar.

The attack in Speen Qabar, a village bordering Peshawar and Khyber agency, happened about 2:30 a.m., Khan said.

A rocket hit the security checkpoint, then militants opened fire on security personnel, Khan added.

Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province, is at the core of Pakistan's war on terror. The military has launched multiple offensives targeting homegrown militants, sparking retaliation.

The attacks came on the same day that back-to-back drone strikes killed five suspected militants in North Waziristan, also in Pakistan's northwest tribal region along the , according to officials.

The first attack drones fired five missiles at two vehicles in Hamzoni, a village eight miles (15 km) west of Miran Shah in North Waziristan, a local government official and an intelligence official said. Three suspected militants were killed and three others were injured.

About 30 minutes later, a second drone fired at least two missiles at a vehicle in Datakhel, another village in North Waziristan, the officials said. Two suspected militants were killed.

The officials requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.

Wednesday's drone attacks were among three within 24 hours, they said.

North Waziristan is one of seven districts in Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border.

Journalist Nazar Ul Islam contributed to this report.

 
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