ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 27 (UPI) — An artillery barrage by Afghan Muslim militants killed at least 40 Pakistani soldiers guarding the border Saturday, regional officials said.
The attacks on seven border military posts in the northern Chitral district began before sunrise and sparked a firefight between Pakistani troops and guerrillas associated with the Taliban extremist group, Geo News reported.
Local media said militants incurred “heavy casualties,” but no figures were provided.
A regional official who didn’t want to be identified told CNN the attacks were clearly planned and spanned a range of more than 80 miles along the border.
“It was a well coordinated attack involving a large number of militants,” the official told CNN.
The Pakistani military said reinforcements were being sent to the region.