31 militants killed in Pak airstrikes: Officials

Sunday, January 04, 2015
Khyber region
Islamabad: At least 31 pro-Taliban militants have been killed in fresh airstrikes by the Pakistani army in the country's volatile northwest, the military says.

An army statement issued on January 4 said attacks late on January 2 targeted the Tirah Valley in the Khyber region.

The statement said four militant hideouts and a suicide bomber training center were destroyed in the attacks.

Pakistan's military says it has killed more than 1,200 militants since it started an offensive in another tribal area -- North Waziristan -- last spring.

The military launched an operation against militants in the region in October which escalated after a militant attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

On December 16, a group of pro-Taliban militants stormed an army-run school in Peshawar and killed about 150 people, including 132 students. Some 120 students were also injured in the raid.

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