KABUL: (Middle East Press) The Pakistani forces have launched a military operation in which clashes broke out between the army and the Pakistani Taliban, killing at least 87 people in northwestern Khyber area, military says.
More than a 100 wounded following the in ongoing clashes between the Pakistani military and Taliban-allied fighters in the country’s northwestern Khyber tribal area, the military added.
The fighting, involving both ground troops and aerial bombardment, began on Saturday and was ongoing in the Sipah area of the Tirah Valley, a military spokesperson reported on Sunday.
The military said that it has killed at least 80 people, all designated “terrorists”, while seven soldiers were also killed.
Pakistan has been battling the Lashkar-e-Islam in the Khyber tribal area since October last year [EPA]
Operations have particularly focused on the Tirah Valley, where Sunday’s fighting was also taking place.
So far, operations in the Khyber tribal area have resulted in the deaths of at least 419 people, all designated “terrorists”, as well as at least 17 soldiers, the military said.