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Pakistan: Airstrikes kill militants

Pakistan's military says it has killed 48 suspected militants in airstrikes in two tribal regions near Afghanistan.

In a statement, the military said army helicopters attacked militant hideouts in the Khyber and North Waziristan tribal regions.

Pakistan's army has been fighting militants in North Waziristan since June 15 when it launched a major operation there to eliminate local and foreign insurgents accused of orchestrating attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The military says it has so far killed about 600 militants in the North Waziristan operation, while it has lost around 25 soldiers. Some 800,000 people have fled the area before and after the start of the operation.

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