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Clashes kill 7 soldiers, 20 militants in northwest Pakistan

At least seven soldiers and 20 militants were killed on Saturday in separate incidents of violence in Pakistan’s restive northwest tribal region where the military has launched a major offensive against the Taliban.

Twenty Taliban militants were killed by the security forces during the clearance operation named Khyber-I in Lower Orakzai agency of Khyber tribal district where forces have been battling terrorists for the past one month.

Six soldiers were killed and five others injured in the clash.

In a separate incident in Bajaur agency, one soldier was killed and another injured when a bomb went off.

Security forces launched a search operation soon after the blast.

Army has said that more than 1,100 terrorists were killed in Zarb-i-Azb operation launched against Taliban in North Waziristan in mid-June while around 50 were killed in Khyber-I offensive against militants in the Khyber tribal district.

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