Pakistani soldiers in gunbattle with Taliban fighters

Pakistani soldiers have fought a two-hour gunbattle with about 30 Taliban fighters who tried to cross the Afghan border to escape US attacks last night.

Pakistani soldiers have fought a two-hour gunbattle with about 30 Taliban fighters who tried to cross the Afghan border to escape US attacks last night.

The paramilitary troops observed the Afghans trying to cross into Pakistani territory at the Nawanpas border post and fired warning shots.

Officials said the Taliban returned fire for about two hours before withdrawing. It is unclear if anybody was hurt or injured.

It was the second time that Taliban forces have moved into Pakistan since the US bombing campaign began on Sunday night.

On Monday, Taliban pilots reportedly flew five helicopters across the border near the Torkham checkpoint and were arrested by Pakistani authorities.

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has denied this report, but three senior officials from different ministries have insisted it is true.

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