31 militants killed in Pakistani army air raids

31 militants killed in Pakistani army air raids
# 03 January 2015 21:58 (UTC +04:00)

The raids, which were carried out in the Tirah Valley of Khyber tribal district on Saturday, also demolished a militant training center and "four terrorist hideouts,” the Pakistani army said in a statement.

The military launched an operation against militants in the region in October which escalated after a militant attack on a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

On December 16, a group of pro-Taliban militants stormed an army-run school in Peshawar and killed about 150 people, including 132 students. Some 120 students were also injured in the raid.

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the assault, saying it was carried out in retaliation for the Pakistani army’s major military offensive in North Waziristan tribal area which borders Afghanistan.

The Pakistani army started an operation against militant hideouts in North Waziristan in June after a deadly raid on Karachi Airport ended the government’s faltering peace talks with pro-Taliban militants.

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