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Pakistan Says Air Strikes Kill At Least 21 Militants

Pakistan's army says it has killed at least 21 militants in air strikes targeting suspected hideouts of Islamist insurgents in the country's northwest.

The military said the attacks took place early on October 16 in the Tirah Valley, in a restive tribal area near the Afghan border.

It said the attacks destroyed five "hideouts."

Pakistan has been battling Islamist militants in its semi-autonomous tribal belt since 2004.

In June, the army launched a ground operation in North Waziristan after a bloody attack on Karachi Airport ended peace talks between the government and militants.

North Waziristan is a major base for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, also known as Pakistani Taliban, which began its campaign against the state in 2007.

Other militant groups, including Lashkar-e-Islam are also active in the area.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters