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Five militants eliminated in Tirah air strikes

The air strikes were carried out after reports of militants’ presence in the compound.

The military has vowed to wipe out the strongholds which insurgents have used to mount countless deadly attacks in recent years.

Air strikes, artillery, mortars and ground troops have all been used to retake the rugged mountainous territory, which had become a haven for militants of all stripes — including Al-Qaeda and the homegrown Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) as well as foreign fighters including Uzbeks.

In June the army began an offensive against militant hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal agency after a bloody raid on Karachi Airport ended faltering peace talks between the government and the Taliban.

Meanwhile, a clash between two extremist groups Tauheed-e-Islam and Lashkar-e-Islam was also reported from Khyber Agency on Sunday morning wherein an activist was killed on each side.



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