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Khyber Agency: 19 ‘militants’ killed in fresh air strikes

The Inter Services Public Relations, military’s public affairs wing, has confirmed the air strikes by security forces.

The statement said militants’ den of weapons was also destroyed in the attack.

The fighter jets targeted five hideouts of militants in the volatile region. Those militants in the attack also include key commanders.

Separately, 13 more militants were killed in air strikes by Pakistani forces in Khyber tribal district on Tuesday, believed to be militants involved in a border suicide attack that killed 55 people were hiding out.

The military said it had undertaken the second attack and had killed “13 terrorists including some foreigners were killed… destroying three of their hideouts,” in a statement.

“Strikes were carried out on intelligence about presence of terrorists involved in Wahga border suicide attack,” the statement said.

A suicide bomber struck at the Wagah border crossing near the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on November 2, also wounding more than 120, in one of the deadliest such attacks to hit Pakistan for more than a year.

The Pakistan army launched a major offensive in North Waziristan in June and say they have killed more than 1,100 militants so far, with 100 soldiers losing their lives in the operation.



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