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20 'militants' killed in Pakistan

Helicopter gunships have pounded a militant hideout in Pakistan's north-west, killing at least 20 suspected insurgents, a government official said.

Jamil Khan said the army launched the strike in the Chinarak area of the Kurram tribal region after receiving intelligence reports about insurgents gathering there. He said the choppers also destroyed an explosives-laden vehicle.

Kurram is located near the Afghan border. Many Taliban militants escaping a Pakistan army operation in the nearby Orakzai tribal region are believed to have fled there.

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