The Pakistani army said it has killed 59 militants in clashes in the northwest, including 32 in an ambush in a remote valley near the Afghan border, in intensified fighting since this week’s Taliban massacre of children at a school.
The ambush took place overnight in the northwestern Tirah valley in the Khyber agency, one of the main smuggling routes for arms and insurgents crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“Security forces ambushed (the) moving group … Fleeing terrorists left behind bodies of their accomplices,” the military said in a statement.
There was no independent verification of the clash.
The military also said late on Thursday that 17 militants were killed in air strikes in Khyber and 10 in ground fighting.
The army is fighting offensives against Pakistani Taliban insurgents in Khyber as well as the North Waziristan region, which is also on the Afghan border.