Pakistan’s military says at least 21 insurgents were killed in airstrikes on a tribal region near the Afghan border on Thursday.
Government forces say they also destroyed five suspected militant hideouts in the remote Terah Valley a day after a suicide attack killed seven members of a pro-government tribal militia in the area.
Army officials believe the suspected terrorists were using their positions to attack security forces and tribesmen campaigning for peace in the region.
The fighting in Khyber comes as Pakistani troops are engaged in a major counter-insurgency offensive in the nearby North Waziristan tribal region, a known hub of local and foreign militants. Officials claim to have killed around 1,100 insurgents since the offensive was launched in June. ?