updated 8/4/2007 12:46:19 AM ET 2007-08-04T04:46:19

Pro-Taliban Islamic militants attacked a security checkpoint in a remote northwestern tribal region of Pakistan just before dawn Saturday, triggering a shootout that left four soldiers and 10 militants dead, an army spokesman and two security officials said.

About five soldiers were also injured in the militant attack on the Oblanki checkpoint near the village of Dosali, 45 miles south of Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan, said Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad, the spokesman for Pakistan army.

He said the gunbattle continued from 3 a.m. to about 5 a.m. and the militants later fled to nearby mountains with some of the bodies of slain associates.

In another attack, pro-Taliban Islamic militants fired eight rockets at a security checkpoint near Miran Shah, but caused no damage or casualties, said a local intelligence official on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.

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