ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says security forces acting on intelligence have raided a militant hideout, triggering a shootout that left three soldiers and four militants dead in the northwest near neighboring Afghanistan.

In a statement, the military says Thursday's raid was carried out in the North Waziristan region, which once served as the headquarters of Pakistani Taliban.

It said the slain "terrorists" were involved in last year's multiple attacks on security forces.

The military gave no further details.

Pakistan's army says it has cleared North Waziristan and other regions of militants, but violence has continued.