The death toll from fierce clashes in Pakistan's tribal belt bordering Afghanistan has risen to 250, the military said Tuesday. Fighting broke out Sunday in North Waziristan, where the United States claimed that Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network and its pro-Taliban allies have regrouped since 2001.
"Twenty more gunmen were killed in the fighting overnight," a senior military said. In total 150 gunmen have been killed while 45 soldiers have also died. Residents say at least four civilians have been killed in the violence but the military has not confirmed this. Most of the fighting has been near Mir Ali, the second-biggest town in rugged North Waziristan, where President Pervez Musharraf admitted earlier this year that Al-Qaeda had a presence. Meanwhile a bomb exploded on a roadside near Bakakhel town in the same a