Pakistan

PESHAWAR (Web Desk) – At least 21 terrorists were killed Friday in PAF air strikes in Khyber Agency’s Tirah Valley, security sources have confirmed.


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Pakistan Air Force jets targeted militant hideouts in Koki Khel area of Tirah, killing at least 21 suspected terrorists and razing several hideouts.

Khyber Agency is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal districts where the security forces have traditionally had little control and militant groups thrive.

The area is off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to independently verify the number and identity of the dead.

Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb, a grand operation in the North Waziristan tribal region, following a Taliban attack on the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi in June 2014.

Since the beginning of Zarb-i-Azb, militants have fled to other tribal regions, including Khyber and its Tirah Valley and Shawal, all of which border Afghanistan.

After the APS Peshawar attack – that left more than 140 people dead –  the army and the government intensified operations against militants and their abettors in the country.