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Pakistani Air Strikes Kill 18 Militants


Pakistan's military says it has killed 18 militants in the latest air strikes in the volatile Khyber tribal district near the Afghan border.

The military said in a statement on October 26 the strikes targeted suspected hideouts of the Taliban and another banned militant group, Lashkar-e Islam.

A huge cache of arms and ammunitions was also destroyed during the strikes that took place late on October 25, the statement said.

Pakistani media reported that a key Lashkar-e Islam commander was among those killed in the air strikes.

Khyber is located in Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal belt.

Militant groups linked to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda have a strong presence in the area and stage attacks both in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Based on reports by AFP, Geo.tv, and Dawn.com
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