Pakistan

Military airstrikes kill 23 militant in Shawal

NORTH WAZIRISTAN: At least 23 militants were killed on Wednesday when security forces’ fighter jets bombed their hideouts in the country’s Shawal, North Waziristan tribal district bordering Afghanistan, military said.

The attacks also destroyed four militant hideouts in Shawal where the military has been mounting an offensive against Taliban strongholds since June.

The Pakistan military said in a statement late Wednesday that “23 terrorists were killed and four hideouts were destroyed through effective and precise aerial strikes in Shawal”.

The army has intensified its offensive after the massacre of 150 people, 134 of them children, in a school in Peshawar in December, a carnage which Pakistan described as its own “mini 9/11” and a game-changer in the fight against extremism.

According to Pakistan Army, it has killed more than 1,700 militants so far in its heavy offensive in the tribal zone, with 126 soldiers having lost their lives.

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