Air strikes in northwest Pakistan kill 20 militants
Islamabad - SPA
The Pakistani military Sunday claimed it had killed 23 suspected militants in airstrikes near the Afghan border as part of what officials called the final phase of a yearlong offensive against the Taliban.
Fighter jets hit hideouts of Taliban fighters in North Waziristan tribal district, killing 10 militants, a military statement said according to dpa.
Separate strikes in Khyber tribal district targeted militants from Taliban's Lashkar-e-Islam group, killing 10 fighters hours later, the
Both areas have been strongholds of Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda before Pakistan launched its offensive last summer.
The military said this month that at least 2,700 militants have been killed in the campaign that also resulted in a remarkable decline
in violence. Nearly 350 soldiers had also died.