Air Strikes in Khyber Agency, 12 suspected militants killed

At least twelve suspected militants were shot down during air strikes in Khyber Agency on Tuesday, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Fighter jets carried out airstrikes in the early hours of Tuesday near the Pak-Afghan border, which is part of Khyber Tribal Agency. The 12 terrorists that were killed include some important militant commanders as well, ISPR said.

Security forces are already involved in Operation Khyber-Two military operation against Taliban and other terrorist groups hiding in different parts of the Tirah valley. The operation aims to reclaim all areas under the control of several outlawed militant groups in Khyber Agency and Fata.

Khyber-Two is a sequel operation of Khyber-One which was launched in October last year by security forces and directed at targeting militants in Khyber Agency’s Bara area is also underway in the northwestern tribal area.

Khyber Agency is included in Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous regions governed by tribal laws and lies near the Afghan border. The Taliban and other Al Qaeda-related groups who stage attacks in both Pakistan and Afghanistan are also recognized to have strongholds in the zone. –dawn

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