Pakistani airstrikes kill 21 militants
A Pakistani Air Force F16 fighter jet. [AFP]
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At least 21 militants have been killed in Pakistan Air Force’s airstrikes on their hideouts in the country’s volatile northwestern tribal areas.
According to officials, the attacks were carried out on Sunday in the Kuki Khel area of the Khyber tribal district.
“In precision airstrikes, at least 10 militants were killed and their three hideouts were destroyed in Khyber,” a top military official said.
Eleven other militants were also killed in separate air raids in the remote Datta Khel village of restive North Waziristan tribal district. Two militant hideouts were also destroyed there.
The Pakistani army has been fighting since June to demolish bases belonging to the pro-Taliban militants in the tribal areas.
The militant groups in Pakistan have carried out numerous attacks against Pakistani security forces and civilians.
Many Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when the Pakistani government entered an alliance with Washington in its so-called war on terror.
The Pakistani army says it has killed more than 1,000 militants since June when it started its clean-up operations along its border with Afghanistan. At least 86 Pakistani soldiers have also been killed during the operations.