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A Cobra gunship helipcopter.  — File photo
A Cobra gunship helipcopter. — File photo

PESHAWAR: At least 48 suspected militants were killed, seven hideouts, nine vehicles and several motorcycles were destroyed in fresh air strikes carried out by fighter jets and Cobra gunship helicopters in the Khyber and North Waziristan tribal regions, sources in the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

Airstrikes were carried out in the Kokikhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber and in the North Waziristan tribal area earlier during the day during which 18 suspected militants and seven suspected hideouts were destroyed.

Later, 30 more suspected militants were killed, nine vehicles and several motorcycles belonging to suspected militants were destroyed in fresh strikes carried out by Pakistan Army's Cobra gunship helicopters in North Waziristan tribal region

However, these claims could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the restive tribal agency.

Read more here: 20 suspected militants killed in fresh N Waziristan airstrikes

The strikes come as military operation Zarb-i-Azb is under way in the North Waziristan tribal region. The operation was launched on June 15 following a brazen militant attack on Karachi's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan negotiators.

Nearly a million people have fled the offensive in North Waziristan, which is aimed at wiping out longstanding militant strongholds in the area, which borders Afghanistan.

Comments (12) Closed

ahmed Aug 19, 2014 12:00pm

good job

chand Aug 19, 2014 12:06pm

I see since the operation against terrorists started the attacks on innocent people have practically ceased. How come IK and Maulana are not in the fore anymore?

Ali Aug 19, 2014 12:24pm

Well done

Indian Aug 19, 2014 02:38pm

Pakistan can easily kill militants as both have same religion. If Indian polise kills terrorists then secular politicians will give it a communal colour, how an innocent muslim was killed by police

Ghalib Aug 19, 2014 02:44pm

Now this is the news which I like

Ghalib Aug 19, 2014 02:45pm

All the media should take away their focus from the circus and give maximum coverage to this operation

Raj Chauhan Aug 19, 2014 03:26pm

i want to congratulate pakistan for doing this operation , maybe for the first time pakistan is doing the right thing

Last Word Aug 19, 2014 03:31pm

Well, thousands of terrorists have been reported to be killed in aerial bombardment without any verification on the ground sounds as if this whole exercise is for public consumption only. Why ground operation has not yet been commenced in this region so far is beyond ones comprehension. However, the military is focusing more on Eastern border and indulging in unprovoked firing for the past three weeks is to provoke India for a retaliatory strike so as to call off the ongoing operation in NW.

Ghalib Aug 19, 2014 04:05pm

@Last Word The Ground operation is also on the way and few days back there was the report that 70% area has already been taken control of by the army. You have to accept some flaws in operation of this magnitude, but all is well that ends well

Ghalib Aug 19, 2014 04:45pm

@Raj Chauhan Ok, boss but Will INDIA ever start doing the right thing

azar Aug 19, 2014 07:27pm

I wonder how they know exact numbers.

allaisa Aug 19, 2014 07:33pm

The bodies were taken away by the djinns!