20 militants killed in airstrikes in Pakistan

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At least 20 militants were killed in airstrikes in two separate areas of Khyber Agency in Pakistan’s northwest tribal regions on Saturday, defence officials said.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets pounded a number of militants’ hideouts in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency, killing at least five insurgents and injuring several others.

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In a separate airstrike, 15 militants were killed and several hideouts destroyed in Rajgal area of the agency, a semi-autonomous tribal area along Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

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The recent strikes were part of the army’s ongoing Khyber operation.

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Launched in October last year, the Khyber Operation aims at the eradication of the militancy from the Khyber Agency which is considered a hotbed of Taliban militants.

According to local media tally, over 500 militants have been killed and more than 400 surrendered in the operation which was conducted in two phases – operation Khyber 1 and operation Khyber 2.

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