WANA, MIRANSHAH: Over 33 terrorists were killed and many others injured as fighter aircrafts bombarded militant hideouts in different areas of South and North Waziristan Agencies on Tuesday. Several hideouts of terrorists were also destroyed in the bombardment of forces jets.
Security official said fighter aircrafts bombarded militant hideouts in North and South Waziristan areas in the wee hours of Tuesday. They said ammunition depot was destroyed in the strikes.
At least 13 terrorists were killed in South Waziristan while 18 in North Waziristan.
“The militants had captured a stretch between South Waziristan and North Waziristan and had established training centres where they were also preparing suicide bombers,” said one military official on condition of anonymity.
Another security official said at least 30 militants had been killed in early morning air strikes.
The latest air strikes took place mainly in the remote Shawal valley and Dattakhel areas of North Waziristan, said to be sites of militant training facilities and compounds.
It was impossible to verify how many civilians might have been killed or wounded as journalists and independent observers are not allowed to operate freely in the area.
North Waziristan residents have been trickling out of the troubled region in recent days anticipating a full-scale military offensive, leaving their homes and villages behind and settling in more peaceful areas such as Bannu, Kohat, Lakki Marwat Dera Ismael Khan and Peshawar. Over 40 thousand people from North and South Waziristan Agencies have reached at the safe places while passing through Kohat.
Pakistani fighter jets have been pounding targets in the region since the government’s efforts to engage Taliban insurgents in peace negotiations broke down this month.
Negotiations broke down this month and the Taliban told the government there was no chance of peace in Pakistan unless Islamabad changed its political and le