Air raids in Tirah valley kill 6 suspected militants

PESHAWAR, Nov 18 (INP): At least six suspected militants, including an alleged key commander, were killed in military airstrikes in Malikdin Khel area of Khyber Agency’s Tirah valley on Tuesday.

Military jets targeted suspected militant hideouts in various areas of the region killing six people and wounding several others.

Khyber Agency is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous regions governed by tribal laws and lies near the Afghan border.

The latest development came amidst operation ‘Khyber-1’ which was launched by the military last month on information about the presence of militants in parts of Sipah and Akkakhel areas

The Mangal Bagh-led Lashkar-e-Islam has had a strong presence in the areas being targeted in the operation.

Anticipating a military operation in their areas in Tirah valley, hundreds of Akkakhel families had left their homes in Dars Jumaat, Shaddaly, Darota and Kulla areas of Akkakhel in Tirah valley.

INP

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