Airstrikes kill 17 militants in Khyber Agency

By AFP
Published: November 27, 2015
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The strikes were part of a major offensive aimed at clearing Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds that began last year in North Waziristan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The strikes were part of a major offensive aimed at clearing Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds that began last year in North Waziristan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: Pakistan Air Force fighter jets killed 17 militants on Friday in airstrikes carried out near the Afghan border, the military said in a statement.

The strikes in the Rajgal area of the Khyber Agency also destroyed four militant hideouts and an ammunition dump, it said.

“Seventeen terrorists including some foreigners were killed in the aerial strikes in the remote area of Rajgal,” a brief military statement said.

The strikes were part of a major offensive aimed at clearing Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds that began last year in North Waziristan, one of seven Pakistani tribal districts bordering Afghanistan.

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The military began the offensive in Khyber in October 2014, carrying out air strikes and using artillery, mortars and ground troops.

The army then intensified and expanded its offensive after the Taliban massacred more than 150 people, the majority of them children, at a school in Peshawar last December.

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  • Skywalker
    Nov 27, 2015 - 11:46PM

    Good job!!

    “Seventeen terrorists including some foreigners were killed in the aerial strikes in the remote area of Rajgal,” a brief military statement said.

    Please publish, names, photos and nationality of those killed.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Nov 28, 2015 - 3:08AM

    @Skywalker:
    Please publish, names, photos and nationality of those killed.

    Is the term ‘militant’ not the right name for the dead, alternatively they could be regarded as the collateral damage. You must reckon that a Paki pilot has the electronic eye to recognise who the victims were?

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Skywalker
    Nov 28, 2015 - 8:04AM

    @Rex Minor:
    Pakistan is the only nation in the modern world which uses air-strikes against its own citizens. I find this disturbing.Recommend

  • Walsh
    Nov 28, 2015 - 6:45PM

    @Rex Minor:
    Actually we are concerned because some Bihindians army soldiers killed innocent sikhs in guise of militants after they destroyed and desecrated the golden temple. We take the lives of our people seriously. Recommend

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