2 Pakistani soldiers, 2 militants killed in shootout in NW

(161025) -- QUETTA, Oct. 25, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Photo released by Pakistan's Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) on Oct. 25, 2016 shows Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif (L) talking with the troops during his visit to a police training center following a militants attack in southwest Pakistan's Quetta. At least 60 people were killed and 117 others injured when three armed men attacked a police training center in Pakistan's southwest Quetta city, officials said Tuesday. (Xinhua/ISPR) ****Authorized by ytfs****

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – Pakistan‘s military says its troops have raided a militant hideout in a former tribal region bordering Afghanistan, triggering a shootout that killed two soldiers and two militants.

In a statement, it said Thursday’s shootout took place near the village of Boya in the North Waziristan district.

The military provided no further details, but the Pakistani Taliban in recent months have stepped up attacks on security forces in the region, which has been a sanctuary for Islamic militants.

The army claims it cleared the area.

Militants have been trying to regroup in North Waziristan, raising fears among residents because of army operations against the insurgents.