20 militants killed in Khyber airstrikes
KABUL (Pajhwok): Twenty insurgents were killed early on Sunday when Pakistan Army jets pounded their hideouts in in the semiautonomous tribal region of Khyber near the Afghanistan border, a media report said.
Backed by artillery and mortar fire, the air strikes focused on bases of outlawed insurgent groups in Sipah, Malakdin Khel, Nalan and Sur Kas areas of Bara sub-district, according to Dawn.
A counterinsurgency operation is currently underway in the region, where Taliban. Al-Qaeda and some sectarian factions are operating. The bombardment is to clear areas from Bara to Tirah valley.
A number of fighters were wounded in the raids, the newspaper said, without giving a specific figure. Many families have been moving to safer places. The Ansarul Islam and Mangal Bagh’s Lashkar-i-Islam groups are also active in the area.
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