Air-strikes kill 42 militants in North Waziristan
Military jets targeted militant hideouts in Dandi Kachkol, Gurbaz and Mana areas of North Waziristan and killed 19 militants, a statement released by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
Another 23 militants were killed yesterday in air-strikes by the Pakistani army, the statement added.
The air-strikes were part of the ‘counter-insurgency’ military operation “Zarb-i-Azb”, launched on June 15 to flush out foreign and local militants hiding in North Waziristan region, following a daring militant attack on Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport and failure of peace talks with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) negotiators.
The attack on Karachi Airport had killed 40 people and was followed by a similar attack on the training camp of the Airport Security Forces in Karachi very next day.
More than a thousand militants has been killed in ‘counter-insurgency’ operations since then, Pakistani army claims, and nearly a million people have been displaced from North Waziristan, a strong hold of local and Uzbek militants.
The claims, however, cann’t be independently verified as media access to the area is limited by the army.