Militants attack Pakistani checkpoint, kill 3

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A government official says militants have attacked a security checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan, killing a policeman and two members of an anti-Taliban militia.

Farooq Khan says the attack took place late Saturday night in the Aka Khel area of the Khyber tribal region. The checkpoint is located on a key route that NATO uses to transport supplies to forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

Khan said on Sunday that security forces and local tribesmen fought back against the militants, killing 10 of them. Khan is a local administrator in the area.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. But the Pakistani Taliban have staged frequent attacks against security forces and tribesmen who have opposed them.