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21 Militants Killed Eight Troops Martyred in Clash

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Posted by on Thursday, October 30, 2014, 11:04
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At least eight security personnel were martyred while 21 militants were killed in a clash with the militants as security forces carried out a clearance operation in the restive northwest .

“Eight soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom) during fierce fighting and exchange of fire with terrorists in the Spin Qamar neighbourhood, near the Bara area of Khyber tribal district”, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement issued here.

Pak Soldiers

Pak Soldiers

It added that the security forces retaliated killing 21 militants in the second phase of Khyber operation named as Khyber-II.

Pakistan has been battling extremist groups in its semi-autonomous tribal belt since 2004, after its army entered the region to search for Al-Qaeda fighters who had fled across the border following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

In June the army began a long-awaited offensive against militant hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal agency after a bloody raid on Karachi Airport ended faltering peace talks between the government and the Taliban.

Pakistan’s army says it has killed more than a thousand militants and lost 86 soldiers since the start of the operation.

But the number and identity of those killed is difficult to verify because journalists do not have regular access to the conflict zones.

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