Pakistan says 80 militants killed in heavy Khyber clashes

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Pakistan says 80 militants killed in heavy Khyber clashes

“In Khyber, terrorists being dislodged from bases, fleeing to border. So far 80 terrorists killed, approximately 100 injured in this phase,” the head of army’s media wing, Gen Asim Bajwa, said on his Twitter account.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Sun 22 Mar 2015, 11:56 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:10 PM

Islamabad: Pakistani troops killed 80 militants in heavy clashes in the lawless northwest, near the mountainous border with Afghanistan, a spokesman said on Sunday, while the Pakistani Taleban said at least six soldiers had been killed.

Fighter jets have pounded positions in the Tirah Valley in the Khyber region, west of the city of Peshawar, over the last few days.

A security official said those killed last week belonged to the outlawed militant groups.

“In Khyber, terrorists being dislodged from bases, fleeing to border. So far 80 terrorists killed, approximately 100 injured in this phase,” the head of army’s media wing, Gen Asim Bajwa, said on his Twitter account.

“Operations will continue with full force till total terrorist elimination from these areas.”

Taleban spokesman Muhammed Khurassani said on Saturday there had been heavy fighting in the Tirah Valley for three days.

A mine “targeted” 12 soldiers and six were killed in a separate attack. Two intelligence sources said an army major was also killed and air strikes were also targeting the South Waziristan region, causing dozens to flee.

There was no way to confirm the casualties independently as the area is sealed to journalists.

 



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