Pakistani Taliban: Army kills ’59 militants’

Pakistani Taliban Army kills '59 militants'

Pakistan’s military says it has killed 59 militants in ground assaults and air strikes on Taliban units in areas near the border with Afghanistan.

The operations come days after the Taliban killed 141 people at a school in Peshawar, mostly children.

The military has stepped up its offensive against the insurgents in the provinces of the Khyber agency and North Waziristan.

Assaults on militants in North Waziristan began in June.

This week’s operations included a series of ground assaults and 20 air strikes by Pakistani jets in the Khyber tribal region, which killed 27 militants including an Uzbek commander.

An ambush on Thursday night by special forces in the Tirah Valley, an area near the Afghan border, killed another 32 militants.


The army says it has killed more than 1,700 militants since its current offensive started in June.

However, restricted access to many of the conflict zones means that the numbers are difficult to independently verify.

The June offensive started in response to a Taliban attack on the country’s busiest airport in Karachi that left at least 38 dead, including the attackers.




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