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15 suspected militants killed in Khyber airstrikes

15 suspected militants killed in Khyber airstrikes

PESHAWAR: At least 15 suspected militants were killed airstrikes in the Khyber tribal region's Rajgal area near the Pak-Afghan border, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday.

The militants killed in the airstrikes also included at least two suicide bombers, the military's media wing said, without giving out any other details.

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The conflict zone of Khyber is off-limits to journalists making it difficult to verify the army's claims, including the number and identity of those killed.

The latest airstrike is part of the counter-terrorism efforts that are being made under the National Action Plan (NAP) and the Zarb-i-Azb military operation, with both having significantly curbed terror attacks in the country.




Earlier this year, security forces mounted 312 actions against insurgents while the latter carried out 232 militant activities. Altogether, the casualties occurred included 944 people killed and another 619 wounded, noted the security assessment report of the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS).

Security forces arrested 1,646 suspected militants in the operations, while the militants kidnapped 49 people during the quarter.

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With the ongoing operation, security situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which lies adjacent to the tribal region of Khyber, has also improved substantially. The PICSS report said that 29 terror activities were reported in the province during the first quarter of 2015, in which 51 people were killed while 86 others were injured.

The army says it has killed over 1,300 militants in North Waziristan and Khyber since June 2014.

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