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Pakistan army kills 14 militants in Khyber

Khyber border provincial capital Peshawar and sits on key route to Afghanistan through Torkham border crossing

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

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military killed at least 14 militants in an offencive in the northwestern tribal region close to Afghan border that was launched to check and guard against terror movement along high mountains and in Khyber Agency on Wednesday.

The operation has been unleashed in the Rajgal valley of Khyber, one of seven tribal districts, where militants had a strong presence before army recaptured the region in 2015.testing.. we are here....

"An Operation has been launched along Pak-Afghan border to reinforce troops deployment in Rajgal valley to effectively check and guard against terrorists movement along high mountains and all weather passes in Khyber Agency," said military spokesman Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa.

"In today's air strikes 14 terrorists were killed and 11 were injured," Bajwa said.

The area is notorious for its treacherous hilly passes and forested valleys, providing militants a natural location for hiding, training and attacking security forces.

The army launched decisive operation called Khber-2 after Peshawar school attack in Khyber and completed in July 2015.

It helped government to establish its writ in Tirah valley, a strategic area close to Afghan border.

Khyber border provincial capital Peshawar and sits on key route to Afghanistan through Torkham border crossing.

accused Afghanistan in the past for sending militants through Khyber for attacks.

First Published: Wed, August 17 2016. 00:48 IST
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