Miranshah (Pakistan): Three Pakistani soldiers were killed and two others wounded on Friday by a landmine planted by militants in a restive area bordering Afghanistan, officials said.
   
The soldiers were conducting a search operation in the Makeen area of the South Waziristan tribal district.
   
"Three soldiers were martyred and two others were wounded when a landmine planted by militants exploded," a senior security official told.   

A local intelligence official confirmed the incident and casualties.
   
Pakistan's seven tribal districts bordering Afghanistan are rife with a homegrown insurgency, and are also strongholds of the Afghan Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

(Agencies)