9/17/2014 1:07:17 PM
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Fighter jets pound militant hideouts in N Waziristan
PESHAWAR: Fighter jets carried out air strikes early on Wednesday against suspected militant hideouts in Datakhel tehsil of North Waziristan Agency, killing scores of militants and destroying their hideouts, sources said.
Fighter jets struck suspected terrorist hideouts in the Kiza Madakhel, Datakhel, Ezark areas of the Agency.
Sources said eight other hideouts have been destroyed in the strikes adding that a large number of militants have also been killed.
However, this information could not be independently verified as the access of media is restricted in the region and the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) is yet to issue a statement regarding the recently conducted air strikes.
The army has launched an all-out military operation named Zarb-i-Azb on June 15 against local and foreign militants in North Waziristan. Yesterday (Tuesday) saw at least 11 terrorists and three Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers killed when Pakistani security forces thwarted an attack by militants from across the border.
However, military jets yesterday also struck Khyber Agency — a tribal area to the north of NWA, bordering Peshawar city — killing at least 23 suspected militants, signalling as the military chief had earlier said a will to pursue terrorists in even the remotest areas. "All their sanctuaries will be taken out," Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif had said last week.
The Pakistan Air Force has spearheaded the campaign in Operation Zarb-i-Azb, pounding suspected militants’ hideouts in what until recently was the epicentre of terrorism in Pakistan as the military moved its infantry and mechanised forces to clear and hold a region where the state until June 15 enjoyed little to no authority.
Three months into the operation, the military says it has cleared more than 80pc of the territory in North Waziristan including its regional headquarters of Miramshah, its now ruined sub-district Mirali and a communication line spreading over 80 kilometres up to Dattakhel.