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Pakistani strikes kill 34 militants

The Pakistani military says it has carried out air strikes on militant hideouts in a tribal region along the Afghan border, killing 34 terrorists.

The military said the strikes hit several areas in remote Tirah Valley in the Khyber tribal region.

The valley is home to militants from the Pakistani Taliban and an allied group called Lashkar-e-Islam.

The Taliban and its allies have been waging an insurgency for over a decade, seeking to overthrow the government and install their own brand of fundamentalist Islamic rule.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of Pakistanis, including 17 on Sunday in a pair of suicide attacks on churches.

The new air strikes were part of the military's stepped-up efforts since a militant attack in Peshawar in December killed 150 people, mostly children at a school.

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