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Pakistan launches reprisal air strikes against Taliban 'hideouts' after airport attacked

The Pakistani military said Tuesday that it has launched reprisal air strikes against the Taliban after the international airport in Karachi was attacked Sunday.

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JC Finley
F-16B fighters of the Pakistan Air Force, pictured in July 2010. (CC/U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps)
F-16B fighters of the Pakistan Air Force, pictured in July 2010. (CC/U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Daniel Phelps)

ISLAMABAD, June 10 (UPI) -- Pakistan's government has launched air strikes against Taliban strong-holds in northwestern Pakistan, reportedly killing 15 militants.

The Pakistani military said Tuesday that the air strikes were undertaken in response to Sunday's attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, which they said killed at least 30 people.

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"Nine terrorist hideouts were destroyed by early morning military air strikes near the Pakistan-Afghan border" in the Tirah Valley in Khyber district, the military reported.

It was unclear when the air strikes took place.

On Tuesday, the Taliban launched a second attack in Karachi against the Airport Security Forces academy close to the airport.

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