At least 23 militants were killed in airstrikes carried out by security forces in Khyber Agency’s strategic Tirah Valley on Thursday.
Late Wednesday night, military jets bombed the hideouts of militants in the Ghareebee area and killed 16 militants. On Thursday evening, security forces with the help of jet fighters, targeted more hideouts in Meherban Kelley, considered a gateway to Tirah Valley, killing seven militants.
The militants killed were associated with the banned Lashkar-e-Islam headed by the notorious Mangal Bagh and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. A couple of weeks ago, these proscribed outfits along with the TTP’s Jamaatul Ahrar had declared an alliance against the government.
A day earlier, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had visited the frontlines in Tirah Valley, and expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the military operations Khyber-I and Khyber-II. Officials have claimed to killing 263 militants in the second round of military action.