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WANA, May 2: Five militants have been killed in a military operation in South Waziristan Agency, security officials say.

They say the forces pounded militant hideouts through helicopters and killed five Taliban fighters including Wafadar, a key militant commander.

Local residents also confirmed the killing of Taliban commander Wafadar.

The Waziristan tribal region, including the North Waziristan agencies, has been volatile for the last several years owing to militancy and military operations.