TRIBESMEN attacked Taliban hideouts in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 28 militants and suffering seven fatalities themselves, and the intensifying battles prompted them to ask for Army troops to help, reported a private TV channel, quoting an American news agency. The clash in the remote Kurram region was the latest in two weeks of battles between militants and tribesmen there that have killed 141 people, including more than 100 insurgents, two government officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to media. Sajid Hussain Toori, a lawmaker from Kurram, said the militants were moving into Kurram from the Swat Valley, where the military is undertaking an offensive to root them out. He said hundreds of tribesmen took part in the attack early Wednesday, triggering a gunbattle that killed 28 militants and seven tribal fighters. Kurram is an important place because the Taliban can cross the Afghan border from here easily, Toori said. The lashkar is facing these armed Taliban, but we request that the government send troops to Kurram to fight the Taliban as quickly as possible. APP adds: At least 28 terrorists including an important commander of Mangal Bagh group were killed by security forces on Wednesday evening in Khyber Agency, Tiara and Sagapal areas. According to sources, five vehicle and militant hideouts were also destroyed in the action.