Pakistan

PAF jets pound hideouts in N. Waziristan, several terrorists killed

BANNU: Pakistan Air Force fighter jets pounded several militants’ hideouts in the North Waziristan Agency in an ongoing countrywide offensive against terrorists, ARY News reported.

According to military’s public affairs wing ISPR, the latest air strikes were carried out in Wucha Bibi area of the tribal agency where terrorists were trying to regroup.

A number of militants were also killed in the aerial bombing, the statement said.

The strikes were part of a offensive to eliminate terror groups, specially after the deadly bombing at a shrine in Shrine last week that killed more than 80 people.

The Pakistani airforce routinely targets Taliban militants’ strongholds in the tribal belt on the Afghan border.

The military began an offensive in Khyber in October 2014, carrying out air strikes and using artillery, mortars and ground troops.

Overall levels of militancy-linked violence have dropped dramatically this year, with 2015 on course for the fewest deaths among civilian and security forces since 2007 — the year the Pakistani Taliban umbrella group was formed.

 

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