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Air strikes kill 50 militants in Shawal

KHYBER AGENCY: Air strikes on Monday killed 50 ‘militants’ in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border as part of a major operation against the Taliban and other insurgents, ARY News reported.

According to ISPR, jet fighters pounded Shawal and Gharlamai area and destroyed terrorists’ infrastructure and arms depot.

“In precise aerial strikes, 50 terrorists were killed today in Shawal,” the military said in a statement.

In Khyber Agency, 15 terrorists were also killed in the airstrikes.

Pakistan has been battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency for over a decade.

The military says more than 2,800 militants have been killed since the launch of the latest offensive.

In a separate incident, three paramilitary soldiers and two militants were killed Sunday in a gunfight on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, at a post in Chaghi district.

Military troops have been engaged in a full-scale offensive against Taliban and other militants in NorthWaziristan and Khyber tribal districts since June last year.

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