By Aamir Latif
The Pakistani army has killed 20 suspected militants and wounded eight in fresh airstrikes in the northwestern Khyber Agency tribal area Wednesday, officials said.
A senior military official speaking on condition of anonymity told Anadolu Agency that army gunship helicopters had pounded four militant hideouts in the Akakhel area of the remote Tirah valley, near the Afghan border Wednesday morning, killing at least 20 Taliban militants.
The Pakistani army launched the "Khyber One" operation, mid-October, to eradicate the Taliban-affiliated Lashkar-e-Islam group in Khyber Agency. It claims to have killed over 100 militants since, in air and ground offensives.
"Khyber One" is the extension of the ongoing "Zarb e Azab" (strike of sword) operation, continuing in restless North Waziristan, which targets Taliban and Al Qaeda militants.
The army claims to have killed over 1,350 militants since June 15, the start of the operation, in different parts of North Waziristan.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.