PESHAWAR (Agencies) - Dozens of Taliban armed with rocket launchers stormed a checkpost manned by pro-government tribesman and security forces on Sunday in Khyber Agency triggering clashes that killed 10 militants and five anti-militant fighters. The violence lasted an hour in the town of Bara, in Khyber tribal district, local officials said. More than 50 Taliban militants armed with sophisticated weapons attacked the police post, where anti-Taliban fighters were also present to help the police, local official Sayed Ahmad Jan said. A policeman and four anti-Taliban fighters were killed in the raid, which was repulsed after an hour when troops intervened, forcing militants to flee. Troops rushed to the spot and killed 10 Taliban militants in the retaliatory fire, Ahmad said. The situation is now under control. Two intelligence officials in Peshawar confirmed the clash and casualties. More than 4,600 people have been killed across country in attacks blamed on Taliban and other extremist networks. A large number of weapons from the militants were also confiscated, said the official, Rehan Khattak. Taliban who are close to Qaeda, have stepped up attacks on Pashtun tribes who have raised militias to help security forces. At least 40 people were killed and 68 wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a funeral of a member of a pro-government tribe in the Lower Dir district on Thursday. Militants also claimed responsibility for an attack on a school bus on Tuesday which killed five people, saying the children on the bus were from a pro-government tribe. The Taliban are also holding more than 20 young men hostage from a pro-government tribe in an area straddling the Afghan border and have demanded the release of scores of prisoners and an end to support of military offensives against them. Pakistan, a strategic US ally, needs all the help it can get in the fight against militants bent on destabilising its government. The army has launched several offensives against militants. But its enemies often melt away when attacked, and suicide bombings persist, scaring away foreign investors needed for the fragile economy. Pakistan has been encouraging the Pashtun tribes to revive traditional militias to counter the growing number of militants fighting the state. Under a centuries-old tradition, the tribes raise the militias, or lashkars, in their semi-autonomous regions to fight criminal gangs and enforce their tribal codes. The drive has had limited success after the Taliban hit back by killing hundreds of tribal leaders and silencing others. Some tribal leaders complain that the government has failed to provide the militias with adequate funding or weapons, leaving them at the mercy of the Taliban.