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Officials: Pakistan security forces kill 20 militants

By Shaan Khan, CNN
updated 5:55 AM EST, Wed November 16, 2011
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The operation takes place in Kurram Agency
  • It is part of an ongoing offensive against militants

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Security forces killed 20 militants in an operation in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, military officials said.

Helicopters launched an aerial assault on militant hideouts in central Kurram Agency, a semiautonomous tribal area bordering Afghanistan, the officials said.

The officials did not want to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

A Pakistani soldier died in the operation, the officials said.

The operation was part of an ongoing offensive by security forces against militants in South Waziristan, Kurram and Orakzai agencies.

Journalist Saboor Khattak contributed to this report

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