PESHAWAR - At least 15 suspected militants were killed early on Sunday as security forces repulsed a militant attack carried out in Kurram tribal region from across the border in Afghanistan.

Official sources say that militants attacked the Shabuk security checkpost in Kurram Agency injuring a soldier.

The security forces responded swiftly and returned the fire killing at least 15 militants. The rest of the attackers fled back to Afghanistan.

Kurram is one of the most sensitive tribal areas which borders three Afghan provinces and a key route for militant movement across the border.

The region was claimed by the military to have been cleared of insurgents during an operation a couple of years ago, however, militants still carry out sectarian attacks and also target security forces occasionally.

Kurram tribal agency is located adjacent to North Waziristan region where the operation Zarb-i-Azb is in progress against Taliban and other insurgent groups.

WOMAN KILLED IN KURRAM BLAST

A woman was killed and 14 others including six children sustained injuries in a blast inside a house in Kurram Agency, official sources said on Sunday.

The sources said a remote-controlled bomb went off inside the house of Gula Jan at Pir Qayyum village in Kurram Agency.

As a result, a woman was killed and 14 others including six children sustained injuries.

The deceased woman is stated to be wife of Saifur Khan.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Peshawar, Sadda, and Hangu. The has administration started investigation into the incident.

Bid to blast school in Charsadda foiled

In another incident, security agencies recovered huge quantity of explosives from a middle school in Shanoghandu area of Charsadda on Sunday foiling a bid to blast the school. According to police, they recovered three hand grenades,10 mortars,  four detonators and other explosive material. Bomb Disposal Squad was summoned which defused the material.