World Bulletin / News Desk
The Pakistani army has killed 10 suspected militants in airstrikes near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, officials said.
A senior military official told the Anadolu Agency, on the condition of anonymity, that army jets had targeted three militant hideouts in the remote Tirah valley of Khyber Agency – one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in Pakistan.
Khyber Agency is a stronghold of the Taliban-affiliated Lashkar-e-Islam group, which has been fighting Pakistani forces for the last seven years.
These latest airstrikes - part of an ongoing military onslaught against Taliban militants in restless North Waziristan - are seen as a reaction to Monday's attack on a security checkpoint in Khyber Agency, which left four militants dead.
The army launched a much-demanded onslaught in North Waziristan - considered as the heartland of militancy by the U.S. and its allies - on June 15 to eradicate the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella group of various insurgent networks in the country.
Over 1000 suspected militants and 85 soldiers have been killed in the ongoing operation, which has also displaced nearly a million people, forcing the majority to take refuge in the nearby Bannu district.Last Mod: 16 Eylül 2014, 14:38