KHYBER AGENCY: As many as 20 bodies of suspected militants have been recovered from Bara tehsil of Khyber tribal region.
The suspected militants were killed last week during a Pakistan military operation in the Kharmatung area of Bara on the border of Frontier Region Dara Adamkhel, Assistant Political Agent Bara Tehsil Nasir Khan said.
Nasir Khan said that two of the dead found were identified as residents of Kurram Agency, while post-mortem was being conducted to ascertain the identities of the remaining.
The military sources also said the suspected militants had been killed in the military operation in Kharmatung and belonged to various militants groups.
Abdul Rashid Lashary, a spokesman for the banned Lahskar-i-Islam, told media on telephone from an undisclosed location that the men did not belong to the banned militant organisation, but they may belong to the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or its Dara Adamkhel faction.
Sources said that the majority of these militants belonged to Orakzai, Khyber, South Waziristan tribal regions, while some had joined militant groups from settled districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.