Taliban gunmen stormed a Pakistani checkpoint in the country’s lawless tribal belt, killing one soldier and sparking clashes in which up to 20 militants died, according to officials.

Five soldiers and five civilians were also wounded after the militants on Tuesday attacked the Dabori post manned by paramilitary troops in the tribal district of Orakzai, the officials said.

“At least 20 militants have been killed in the pre-dawn clash,” a military official told AFP by telephone. Their bodies were spotted during a search carried out by helicopter gunships, he said, requesting anonymity.

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