Pakistan.- At least ten killed in a firefight between the Pakistani Army and the Taliban

File – Afghan and Pakistani military on the Durand Line on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. – SAEED AHMAD / XINHUA NEWS / CONTACTOPHOTO

At least two children and eight Taliban have been killed in a shootout in the South Waziristan region of northwestern Pakistan, near the border with Afghanistan, in a firefight with Pakistani soldiers.

The Pakistani Army has reported that troops were conducting an operation in the area at a hideout where they fired on eight suspected members of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group, known as the Pakistani Taliban.

However, the Pakistan Armed Forces have assured that they do not know where the fire against the minors came from, according to a statement.

The TTP, which differs from the Afghan Taliban in organizational matters but follows the same rigorist interpretation of Sunni Islam, brings together more than a dozen Islamist militant groups operating in Pakistan, where they have killed some 70,000 people in two decades of violence.