At least seven Taliban militants were killed in a gunfight with local vigilantes in northwest Pakistan, police said. A group of rebels fleeing towards northwestern Chitral district was intercepted by local vigilantes in the village of Patrak in Upper Dir district after which intense gunfight broke out, police chief Ejaz Ahmed told foreign news agency. "Seven militants were killed in the fighting," he said, adding that police had blocked possible escape routes out of the area to try and catch the fleeing insurgents.