Pakistan’s military says troops have clashed with militants in the country’s restive tribal areas.
In a statement released on May 5, the military said 16 militants and two Pakistani soldiers were killed after a government offensive against insurgent hideouts in the restive Tirah Valley.
Tirah is a mountainous, strategic territory in Kyber tribal agency, which borders Afghanistan.
Militants have been trying to gain control of Tirah since January, but they have been pushed back by government forces that have launched an aerial and ground offensive in the area.
Independent confirmation of casualties is not possible because the region is off-limits to journalists.
Officials say the fighting has displaced more than 48,000 people.
Based on reporting by dpa and AFP