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Mastermind of Karachi airport terrorist attack among 80 killed in Waziristan

Mastermind of Karachi airport terrorist attack among 80 killed in Waziristan

northOver eighty terrorists, mostly Uzbek, were killed in air strikes on their hideouts in North Waziristan Agency in the wee hors of Sunday.

According to ISPR, the strikes were carried out in Datta Khel Tehsil and Degan area.

The targeted strikes were carried out after confirmed reports regarding presence of foreign and local terrorists in these hideouts, who were linked to planning of Karachi airport attack. An ammunition dump was also destroyed.

There are reports of killing of terrorist Abu Abdur Rehman Almani in aerial attacks in North Waziristan. He was planner of terrorists attack on Karachi airport. The security forces carried out the operation on the confirmed intelligence reports.

There are also reports of killing of several terrorists of East Turkestan Islamic Movement. Pakistani Jets conducted aerial strikes in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan killing at least 50 terrorists according to the Inter Services Public Relations.

According to an ISPR press release the air strike were conducted at about 0130 hours on Sunday. The report adds that the strike was carried on intelligence about terrorist hideouts in Degan, Datta Khel, NWA.

Intelligence and military sources told a private TV channel that Abu Abdur Rehman Almani is considered a key commander of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), also now famous by the name of Islamic Movement of Turkestan. The IMU, an organisation of militants mostly from the central Asian Uzbek state, had claimed that its suicide bombers carried out the attack on the Karachi airport.

The Chinese government had recently pressed Pakistan to take action against the Uighur separatists based in North Waziristan.

The movement’s principle aim is to establish an independent Islamic state called East Turkestan.

However, local security officials put the death toll far higher, saying that about 150 militants died in the air strikes, which primarily targeted Uzbek fighters in a remote area of the tribal agency.

The political administration confirms a curfew remains enforced in NWA and all exit/entry roads are closed.

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