Pakistani police and officials attend a funeral for policemen killed in a suicide bombing in Charsadda on March 7, 2016. / AFP / BASIT SHAH
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Pakistan said Tuesday it has so far killed 21 militants in airstrikes and ground operations in a northwest border region where it is carrying out an offensive to clear Taliban strongholds.Pakistan began its operation to clear Taliban and Al-Qaeda strongholds in North Waziristan in 2014, and claims to have killed more than 3,750 militants since then with no civilian casualties.But critics and rights activists say there is no transparency around the offensive and no clear end in sight.In late February the army said it was entering the final phase of the operation, but offered no further details.
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