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21 militants killed in NWA, Khyber air strikes

13 October, 2014

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MIRANSHAH/ LANDIKOTAL/MINGORA: Twenty-one militants were killed in air strikes by jet fighters in North Waziristan and Khyber tribal agencies on Sunday.

Security forces claimed to have killed 11 militants in straffing by jet fighters in the Dattakhel Tehsil in the North Waziristan Agency.Sources in security forces said that jet fighters targeted the militants hideouts in the Anzarak area in Dattakhel Tehsil, killing 11 militants.

Separately, 10 militants were killed and many others were injured when jet fighters targeted their hideouts in the remote Tirah Valley in Khyber Agency, official sources said.The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement that the Pakistan Air Force planes dropped bombs in Rajgal, Wacho Wano, Fatih Sar and Duwa Khuly areas in Tirah Valley. It said 10 militants were killed and their hideouts destroyed in the blitz. The militants didn't make any comment on the claims made by the ISPR.

Meanwhile, three alleged militants were killed in a clash during a search operation in the Charbagh Tehsil of Swat district, sources said on Sunday.Security forces had launched a search operation in the Mangaltan area against the alleged militants after the killing of a member of the peace committee, Ayub Khan, a day earlier.

The militants opened fire on security forces during the search, the sources said, adding that three militants were killed in the exchange of fire. However, the identity of the militants could not be ascertained.

Meanwhile, the police lodged the first information report (FIR) of the killing of Ayub Khan and attack on security forces against the militants killed in the clash with the forces.Peshawar Bureau adds: Three Pakistani militants were killed in a US drone attack in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, an Afghan official said.

Talking to the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP), Kunar police chief Abdul Habib Syedkhel said three Pakistani militants were killed in a drone attack in the Dareen area of Ghaziabad district on Friday.

He said the slain militants were aligned with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The claim could not be verified from any independent source.He added that unmanned aircraft of the foreign forces also targeted armed opponents of the Afghan government in the Pandesar mountainous area in Kunar's Watahpur district. He said initial information shows two armed opponents, both residents of the Ghaziabad district, were killed in the attack.The Afghan Taliban are yet to comment on the claim made by the government officials.

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