The strikes made on militant hideouts in the Tirah valley of the Khyber tribal district were the third in the series of raids by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) since February 20. The raids were conducted on the targeted information. The raids were conducted in Toot Darra, Doh Toi and Ghaibi Neka. Two of the strikes were carried out on the hideouts of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and one strike was carried out on the hideouts of Lashkar-e-Islam. Six terrorists’ hideouts were completely destroyed during the action. Some key commanders are also among the dead.
According to security officials, during the air raid fighter jets targeted various hideouts in the Tirah valley of the Khyber Agency reportedly destroying an improvised explosives device (IEDs) making factory and a huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosive materials.
The raids came a days after at least nine suspected militants were killed when gunship helicopters pounded insurgent hideouts in Thall village in Hangu district.
They follow the execution of 23 Pakistan soldiers by the Taliban last week, which cast doubts over dialogue initiated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on January 29.
Meanwhile the political administration has imposed curfew in most parts of North Waziristan Agency including Tehsil Mir Ali, Miranshah, Datta Khel, Rizmik and Dosali for indefinite period of time while security forces were given shoot-on-sight orders against violators.
The local administration made an announcement through loudspeakers regarding the curfew and shoot-on sight orders against those violating the curfew.
According to sources, the security forces are patrolling the streets while security has been tightened on all entry/exit points.
Hundreds of locals were set to migrate to safer places following the deadlock between government and the Taliban. However, the residents were forced to wait till relaxation or lifting of curfew.
Around 700,000 residents of North Waziristan are feared to migrate to safer places if the government decides to launch operation against militant groups in the region.