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Pakistan: Airstrikes target militants on Afghan border

  • A Pakistani holds a placard that reads "terrorists should be punished," during to condemn a recent series of deadly suicide bombings, in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Pakistani police said Sunday that counter-terrorism forces are still conducting operations aimed at cracking down on militants following a bombing at a famous shrine that killed 88 people. The latest raid overnight killed five militants and resulted in the seizure of weapons and explosives from their hideout. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

    A Pakistani holds a placard that reads "terrorists should be punished," during to condemn a recent series of deadly suicide bombings, in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Pakistani police said Sunday that counter-terrorism forces are still conducting operations aimed at cracking down on militants following a bombing at a famous shrine that killed 88 people. The latest raid overnight killed five militants and resulted in the seizure of weapons and explosives from their hideout. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Pakistani religious parties rally to condemn a recent series of deadly suicide bombings, in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Pakistani police said Sunday that counter-terrorism forces are still conducting operations aimed at cracking down on militants following a bombing at a famous shrine that killed 88 people. The latest raid overnight killed five militants and resulted in the seizure of weapons and explosives from their hideout. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

    Supporters of Pakistani religious parties rally to condemn a recent series of deadly suicide bombings, in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Pakistani police said Sunday that counter-terrorism forces are still conducting operations aimed at cracking down on militants following a bombing at a famous shrine that killed 88 people. The latest raid overnight killed five militants and resulted in the seizure of weapons and explosives from their hideout. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan children play in a refugee camp situated in the suburbs of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Authorities have also rounded up nearly 100 Afghan refugees in the southwestern city of Quetta, saying they were residing in the country illegally. Pakistan is home to an estimated 2.5 million Afghan refugees who have fled decades of conflict in their country. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

    Afghan children play in a refugee camp situated in the suburbs of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Authorities have also rounded up nearly 100 Afghan refugees in the southwestern city of Quetta, saying they were residing in the country illegally. Pakistan is home to an estimated 2.5 million Afghan refugees who have fled decades of conflict in their country. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)  (The Associated Press)

The Pakistani military says the air force has killed dozens of militants in a series of airstrikes in a tribal region along the Afghan border.

The Monday statement from the military says the attacks targeted militant hideouts in the Wucha Bibi area of North Waziristan. The military's claims could not be independently confirmed.

The Pakistani military has been battling Taliban militants in North Waziristan since mid-2014. That campaign has been stepped up after a series of suicide bombings last week killed more than 100 people--including 88 worshippers at a Sufi shrine.