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Pakistan carries out deadly air strikes against militant groups

The jet strikes targeted Maizer and Sher Ali villages in the Shawal valley of troubled North Waziristan tribal district, where the military has been carrying out a major offensive against extremist groups since mid-2014.

“At least 25 insurgents have been killed and several of their hideouts have been destroyed along with vehicles full of explosives,” a security official said.

Five of those killed were members of the Haqqani network, 10 were Uzbek and Chechen militants, and 10 were from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), he added.

“Some of the hideouts targeted today were jointly used by Haqqanis and foreign militants,” the official told AFP.

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