Pakistani jets, ground forces kill 24 militants

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Posted: Dec 02, 2014 5:38 AM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan army's jets and ground forces killed 24 militants as part of ongoing operations in the country's troubled tribal regions bordering Afghanistan, the military and a government official said Tuesday.

Seventeen local and foreign "terrorists" were killed in airstrikes on Tuesday in the North Waziristan tribal region, where the military has been carrying out a major operation since June, a military statement said.

It provided no details and the identity of the slain militants was not known.

The airstrikes were launched hours after more than 50 militants attacked a military checkpoint in the Khyber tribal region, triggering a shootout late Monday in which seven militants were killed, said Iqbal Khan, a government official.

The assailants fled when the troops returned fire, he said, adding that security forces were searching the area to trace and arrest the attackers.

North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions are closed to journalists and there is no way to independently confirm the information.

The Pakistani army says it has killed about 1,200 militants since launching the operation in North Waziristan in mid-June. The push is aimed at eliminating those Pakistani and foreign militants accused of launching attacks in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.

The army says security forces are also carrying out an operation in Khyber to eliminate those who fled from the North Waziristan region.

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Associated Press Writer Riaz Khan contributed to this report from Peshawar, Pakistan.