Pakistan gunfights kill 15 militants, two soldiers

Pakistan gunfights kill 15 militants, two soldiersAt least 15 militants and two soldiers have been killed in two separate gun battles in a relatively peaceful district of Pakistan just northwest of the capital Islamabad, officials said Wednesday. The shootouts come after a recent resurgence in militant violence, with 130 people killed nationwide in the month of February, ending a lull in Pakistan’s long battle against homegrown Islamist fighters. The two raids took place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s Swabi district, which is just 100 kilometres (60 miles) northwest of Islamabad and far from the border tribal areas that have been the main battlefront over the course of the insurgency.

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