Xinhua) -- At least three security personnel and nine militants were killed on Friday during armed clashes in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Kurram Agency, local media reported.
The clashes started after a group of militants armed with heavy weapons stormed a check post of security forces in Para Chamkani area of Kurram Agency, one of the country's restive tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, local media reported quoting official sources.
The attack was so sudden that the security personnel could not retaliate quickly and militants killed three security personnel present at the check post.
Soon after the attack the quick response force rushed to site and cordoned off the whole area along with a gunship helicopter hovering over the area.
The surrounded militants opened fire at the forces besides throwing hand grenades and launching rockets at the forces to make the way to flee from the area. In the cross fire, nine militants were killed and eight others injured while some of them succeeded in running away.
In these clashes at least four security personnel were also injured.
Security forces shifted the bodies and injured to the army hospital in the area.
Following the clashes, security forces launched a grand search operation in the tribal region to arrest the escaped militants.
Earlier on Monday, a suicide bomber targeted a political gathering in the same region killing 26 besides leaving over 40 others injured.
Editor: Wang Yuanyuan