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Pakistan raid on hospital kills Arab and Sudanese militants

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Pakistani security forces on Thursday raided a private hospital in the tribal region of South Waziristan, a Taliban stronghold, killing four foreign militants and a woman in a gunfight that lasted more than four hours. The Army’s action comes a day after the Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack in the southern port city of Karachi on Dec. 28, which claimed 44 lives. Pakistan’s security forces and intelligence agencies have long claimed that foreign fighters form the backbone of the insurgency in the country.
 
According to the Pakistani daily Dawn, the slain foreign militants are of Arab and Sudanese origin. 
 

Troops laid siege to the Hafiz Hospital in Wana, which belonged to a former MNA [Member of the National Assembly]...

 

A security official said the raid followed a tip off that wounded militants were brought to the hospital from Sherwangi, a Taliban-dominated area where Pakistan has been pressing a major offensive.

 

“Commandos and security forces raided the hospital. Militants fired on the troops and in the gunfight, which lasted more than four hours, four militants and a woman were killed, while 27 others were arrested,” said the official.
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