Fighting with insurgents leaves 23 troops dead.
At least 23 Pakistani troops lost their lives after border clashes with rebel militants. The rebels had crossed the border from Afghanistan. There were 35 casualties among the insurgents. The clashes occurred after a statement by a top general that an operation would be carried out in the tribal regions.
The western borders of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province have harbored rebel elements which have been a thorn in the side of the Pakistan establishment. The suicide bombings and attacks on institutions by these militants have provoked the government to take a tough stand on issues having to do with national security.