Over 50 militants killed in North Waziristan air strikes

Over 50 militants killed in North Waziristan air strikes

MIRANSHAH, (SANA): The Pakistan Air Force aircrafts pounded militant hideouts early Tuesday morning in parts of North Waziristan, killing more than 50 militants, sources said.

According to sources air strikes were conducted in Mir Ali and other areas of the agency as part of Pakistan’s newly launched offensive against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other foreign militants in NWA that borders war ravaged Afghanistan.

Official sources said that as many as eight hideouts were targeted in the latest air strikes and death toll might rise.

At least 25 foreign and local militants were killed early Tuesday as military jets bombed suspected terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan Agency the army said in a statement.

An ISPR spokesman said security forces destroyed six hideouts which included a militant training camp and a bomb-making factory in Dattakhel Tehsil and Hasokhel area. He said operation Zarb-i-Arb, which was launched this Sunday, was progressing as per plan.

More than 187 militants have been killed since the operation was launched in the tribal region.

“The cordon around all terrorists hideouts including in the town of Mirali and Miramshah has been further tightened and reinforced,” said the ISPR statement.

The military spokesman claimed all civilian population has been safely evacuated after detailed verification.

“Necessary logistics and administrative arrangements for internally displaced people (IDPs) have been made by the political administration and the disaster management agency,” the spokesman said.

“The security of (the) IDP camp is being ensured by army troops,” he said, adding that air surveillance of the operational area was still underway.

Operation in North Waziristan Agency is progressing as per plan. The cordon around all terrorists’ hideouts including in the town of Mirali and Miranshah has been further tightened and reinforced.

Last night, three terrorists were killed while fleeing from the cordoned off area in Miranshah. One soldier also got injured in exchange of fire.
No operation in built up area has been started so far to ensure following, the ISPR reported.

According to army official, all innocent civil population is safely evacuated after their detailed verification.

Necessary logistics and administrative arrangements for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been completed by Political Administration and Disaster Management Agency while security of the camp is being ensured by Army troops.

The operation was launched a week after militants stored Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, causing many casualties.

During the three days of the operation 200 terrorists have been killed.
Ends-SANA-TR-ZS

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