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At Least 12 Suspected Militants Killed In Pakistan Air Strikes

File photo of a militant attack on trailer truck transporting NATO vehicles in Khyber, 2014.

Pakistan's military says its jets have killed at least 12 suspected militants in air strikes in a northwestern tribal region.

The statement said the strikes were conducted on June 9 in the Khyber region near the Afghan border.

The strikes come a day after the military said 19 militants and seven soldiers were killed in a clash in the North Waziristan tribal region.

Pakistan launched a major operation against militants in North Waziristan in June 2014 and it is carrying out a similar operation in Khyber.

The area is generally off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to independently verify the number and identity of the dead.

Based on reporting by AP and