Clash between Pakistani troops, militants kills 27

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say clashes between the military and Islamist militants have killed seven troops and 20 insurgents in a northwest region close to the border with Afghanistan.

The clashes broke out today in the Khyber region. The militants and the army have been battling for control there for several years in on-and-off skirmishes.

Intelligence officials say Friday's fighting was taking place in the Tirah Valley area. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

It was not possible to independently confirm the figures because the region is off-limits to journalists.

Pakistani security forces are battling militants in several parts of the border region with Afghanistan.

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