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12 dead in Pakistan rebel clashes

From CNN's Syed Mohsin Naqvi

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LAHORE, Pakistan (CNN) -- Nine militants and three Pakistan army men were killed Tuesday in two incidents in North Waziristan, a tribal area near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, a local government official told CNN.

In the first incident in Miranshah, a town near Afghanistan border, two local soldiers were shot dead while they were on patrol.

In the second incident, which took place 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Miranshah, militants in a car and a pick-up truck attacked an Army vehicle taking soldiers to the garrison town of Razmak. One soldier was killed and two others were injured in the attack.

According to an intelligence official, gunship helicopters immediately came to the scene and attacked two militant vehicles in which nine militants were killed.

Three of the dead militants were believed to be of Central Asian origin, the official said.

A Pakistan Army spokesman, Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan, told CNN that seven militants and one solider were killed in the clash.

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