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At least 19 militants killed in Pakistan offensive

By Sofia Saifi
updated 1:01 PM EDT, Sat June 28, 2014
A Pakistani health worker gives a dose of polio vaccine to a child in Bannu on June 25. The World Health Organization has launched a campaign to stop the spread of the illness as hundreds of thousands of people flee North Waziristan. A Pakistani health worker gives a dose of polio vaccine to a child in Bannu on June 25. The World Health Organization has launched a campaign to stop the spread of the illness as hundreds of thousands of people flee North Waziristan.
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Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistani forces have killed at least 19 militants as part of their offensive in the country's tribal region, the military said in a statement Saturday.

The operation, in North Waziristan, includes airstrikes and artillery shelling.

A Pakistani Taliban leader known as Commander Umer was killed Friday evening on the outskirts of Miranshah, according to the military.

Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis fled their homes in North Waziristan to Bannu, and other neighboring regions, after the Pakistani army launched a full scale offensive against militants on June 15. These images were taken in Bannu 10 days later, on June 25. Hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis fled their homes in North Waziristan to Bannu, and other neighboring regions, after the Pakistani army launched a full scale offensive against militants on June 15. These images were taken in Bannu 10 days later, on June 25.
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A prominent al-Qaeda commander, who was not named, has been arrested while trying to flee northwestern Pakistan and security forces determined during his interrogation that he is an expert in explosives.

The group, formally known as Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, is a coalition of militant groups. It was founded in 2007, seeking to establish its version of sharia law across Pakistan.

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