Five Taliban militants were killed in clashes with Pakistani security forces during operations in the restive Malakand division while terrorists targeted a check post in the northwest with a body rigged with explosives, though there were no casualties.

Two militants were killed in a fierce clash at Morabanday in Malakand division, where troops have been conducting operations against the Taliban since May last year, officials said.

Three more militants were killed and arms and ammunition recovered during search and clearance operations in Swat valley, which is part of Malakand division.

Militants planted a body rigged with explosives near a police check post in Hangu district of the North West Frontier Province though there was no loss of life or property when the bomb went off this morning.

The post that was targeted is located on Shahu Road, a vital link between Hangu and the semi-autonomous Orakzai tribal region, where a large number of Taliban fighters are active.

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