MIRANSHAH, BARA: Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets bombed suspected terrorist hideouts in Mir Ali sub-district of North Waziristan Agency and Bara sub-district of Khyaber Agency and killed over 40 suspected terrorists including 15 foreigners. Several hideouts of the terrorists were also destroyed in the attacks. A large number of arms and ammunitions were also destroyed in the attacks.
According to a private TV channel the targeted action was launched with the approval of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. According to the sources the action was carried out on the intelligence based information and no collateral damage was done in the targeted action. The attacks on the Pakistan army convoys were carried out from the areas where forces taken action against the terrorists. Three foreign and local militant commanders were among those killed.
Among those killed was the mastermind behind the 13 February attack on a police bus in Karachi. The accused of Major Jahanzeb and Peshawar attacks were targeted in the Bara area of Khayber Agency. A large number of ammunition and explosive material was destroyed in the attack; however the exact number of terrorists killed in the attack of forces is not clear.
According to sources, Pakistani jets conducted six strikes on suspected militant hideouts in the Mir Ali area as part of surgical strikes which they said should not be taken as military operation.
“There are confirmed reports of 40 militants including foreigners killed in these air strikes,” a senior security official told, adding that the attacks focused on the town of Mir Ali and surrounding areas of North Waziristan.
Sources said the first strike killed commander Abdul Sattar when his compound was pounded by the jets followed by a series of strikes on Uzbek, Turkmen, Tajik and Taliban hideouts.
The compounds of TTP commander Jihadyar and Abdul Razzak were also destroyed when PAF jets bombarded and killed 15 militants.
“Air strikes were carried out to target militant hideouts with precision. A huge cache of arms and ammunition have also been destroyed,” the official said.
The sixth strike was conducted in Bara Tehsil of Khyber Agency in which the hideouts of terrorists involved in the attacks on Peshawar Cinemas and Major Jahanzeb were targeted. A bomb making factory and two suicide bombers were killed in the strikes.
The strikes were carried out after military leaders took the civilian government into confidence citing potential threats to the people of Pakistan from terrorists holed up in their safe havens in the country’s tribal belt.
Moreover, the attacks were aimed at protecting people of Pakistan as the militants were making plans to carry out terrorist attacks.
They added that if the government decided to launch an operation, the PAF warplanes will attack the militants in the first phase and other steps would be taken shortly after the weather conditions improve in the mountainous region.
Sources told a private TV channel that the recent attacks were carried out on the basis of credible intelligence information and there was no fear of collateral damage.
The attacks focused on the town of Mir Ali, Shawal and surrounding areas of North Waziristan.
“Airstrikes were carried out to target militant hideouts with precision. A huge cache of arms and ammunition have also been destroyed,” a security official said.
Improvised explosive device (IED) making factories and prepared explosives were also destroyed in the strikes.
According to security sources, scores of others were also injured in the air strikes.