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Pakistan army says airstrikes kill 21 'terrorists' in tribal region near Afghan border

  • Pakistani police officers guard a Shiite procession during Muharram in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. A government official says a powerful bomb at a Shiite mosque in southwest Pakistan has killed many people and wounded several others. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Pakistani police officers guard a Shiite procession during Muharram in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. A government official says a powerful bomb at a Shiite mosque in southwest Pakistan has killed many people and wounded several others. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani police officers escort a procession during the month of Muharram ahead of Ashoura day, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Ashoura is a Shiite Muslim commemoration marking the death of Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

    Pakistani police officers escort a procession during the month of Muharram ahead of Ashoura day, in Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Ashoura is a Shiite Muslim commemoration marking the death of Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pakistani Shiite mourners beat their chests during the month of Muharram ahead of Ashoura day, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Ashoura is a Shiite Muslim commemoration marking the death of Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

    Pakistani Shiite mourners beat their chests during the month of Muharram ahead of Ashoura day, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Ashoura is a Shiite Muslim commemoration marking the death of Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, at the Battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistan says airstrikes have killed 21 "terrorists" in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.

In a statement Thursday, the military said the overnight strikes were carried out by Pakistani warplanes in the villages of Tirah and Rajgal in the Khyber region.

The military provided no further details about Wednesday's strikes, and the information could not be corroborated as journalists are barred from tribal areas. Pakistan has been waging a military offensive against al-Qaida and other militants in the North Waziristan province bordering Afghanistan since June 2014.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is currently visiting the United States and will meet with President Barack Obama later on Thursday.