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Pakistani Air Strikes Kill 31 Suspected Taliban Militants

The Pakistani military says air strikes targeting the Pakistani Taliban in the country's volatile northwest have killed at least 31 suspected militants.

Intelligence officials say military jets hit the Shawal Valley on September 2, killing at least 17 suspected militants. Four militant hideouts were destroyed, according to the officials.

The air strikes took place in a part of the border area between the North and South Waziristan tribal regions where some civilians are still present.

Most were evacuated last year, when Pakistan launched a full-scale offensive against the Pakistani Taliban and its allies in North Waziristan.

A renewed offensive in the Shawal Valley, including ground forces, began last month, aiming to clear out the remaining districts the military says are still home to Taliban fighters.

Also on September 2, more air strikes in the Khyber tribal area killed at least 14 militants and wounded six more, intelligence officials in the area told Reuters.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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