Pakistani Air Strikes 'Kill' 21 Militants Near Afghan Border

October 22, 2015

Pakistani military said that air strikes have killed 21 "terrorists" in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.

The overnight strikes were carried out by Pakistani warplanes in the remote villages of Tirah and Rajgal in the Khyber region, the military said in a statement on October 22.

The statement didn't provide any further details.

The claim cannot be independently verified as journalists are barred from the area.

The strikes are part of a major military operation to clear Taliban and Al-Qaeda strongholds that began in June 2014 in North Waziristan, one of seven Pakistani tribal districts bordering Afghanistan.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP