At least 21 suspected terrorists were killed while several others injured during a major clearance operation in Spin Qamar area of Pakistan's Khyber Agency, Pakistan military claimed on Wednesday.
"Eight soldiers embraced shahdat (martyrdom) during fierce fighting and exchange of fire with terrorists," said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
This is second phase of Khyber operation named as Khyber-II.
In a separate incident, two members of a peace committee have been injured in Gomal Zam area. One of them is stated to be in critical condition.
The information, however, could not be verified independently as access for journalists is restricted in the area.