At least 14 militants were killed when Pakistani jets pounded their hideouts in Tirah Valley’s Dwatoi on Wednesday, according to a security official.
The official said several more militants were injured during the bombing, but they could not provide an accurate figure. He added the numbers could not be ascertained as the militants had moved their injured comrades and the bodies to an undisclosed location in Tirah Valley.
Around 29 militants were killed in earlier airstrikes in the valley. Hundreds more were killed still earlier during clashes between Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Ansarul Islam. Strategically an important area, Tirah Valley borders Afghanistan and also connects to Bara, which then leads to Peshawar. The valley has been under the influence of several militant factions.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2013.
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