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Pakistani Military Says 100 Militants Killed

Four days of fighting in northwestern Pakistan has left 30 soldiers and nearly 100 militants dead.

Pakistani military officials said on April 8 the army was attempting to regain control of a remote, mountainous valley from the Taliban and their allies.

The officials said the army launched the operation in Tirah Valley on April 5 after weeks of fighting in the area between rival militant groups. The clashes forced tens of thousands of residents to flee the valley.

The Tirah Valley is located in Khyber, which is part of the semi-autonomous tribal region bordering Afghanistan and the main sanctuary for the Taliban in the country.

The army has launched scores of operations against the Pakistani Taliban in the tribal region in recent years, but certain areas like Tirah have remained outside their control.

Based on AFP and Reuters reporting