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Military Claims to Kill 20 Militants in Airstrikes

by AFP
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Statement claims the strikes targeted insurgents in Datta Khel.

The military said it had killed 20 militants on Saturday in airstrikes on a tribal region near the Afghan border, as part of a major offensive against insurgents that began last year.

The strikes took place near the Datta Khel area in North Waziristan. “At least 20 terrorists were killed in aerial strikes,” the military said in a statement.

The conflict zone is off-limits to journalists, so there is no way to independently verify the number and identity of those killed.

Pakistan has been battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency for over a decade following the late 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.

The Army began a major campaign against Taliban and other militant strongholds in North Waziristan in June last year. Authorities have since vowed to intensify operations, using air strikes, artillery and mortars to take back territory both in the border regions and other parts of the country.

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