Pakistan's military says its airstrikes kill 76 militants in tribal area near Afghanistan

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's military says airstrikes on suspected militant hideouts near the Afghan border have killed 76 militants.

The army says its jets targeted militants in an area of North Waziristan, which has long been a safe haven for local and foreign extremists carrying out attacks on both sides of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The army says those killed included foreigners. It also says an ammunition dump and seven explosives-laden vehicles were destroyed in the strikes.

Journalists are barred from working in Pakistan's tribal regions, making it impossible to independently verify the military's claims. Civilians have been killed in previous strikes and the ongoing military offensive there has seen thousands flee for nearby cities. U.S. drone strikes also target suspected militants there.

The army launched its offensive in North Waziristan last June and went into overdrive after militants attacked an army-run school in Peshawar last month, killing 150 people, mostly children.

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