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Ten militants killed in Orakzai air strikes

February 08, 2013

Soldiers during a military operation in northwestern Pakistan. — File photo

ORAKZAI AGENCY: Ten militants have been killed and four others injured as jet fighters targeted militants hideouts in upper Orakzai agency’s rugged mountainous terrain on the border of Kurram and Khyber agencies on Friday, officials said.

Assistant Political Agent upper tehsil Muhammad Rafiq Mohmand confirmed that the fighter jets have destroyed five hideouts of the militants in Arkhanjo, Mamozai, Mir Kalam, Samaa Bazaar and Lando Qamar areas of upper Orakzai agency.

“We also have reports from security forces that at least 10 militants have been killed in the strikes while four others have been injured,” he added.

Security officials claim that up to 92 per cent of Orakzai agency has been cleared of militants in the ongoing military offensive in the restive tribal region.

Orakzai is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pakistani Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants are said to have carved out strongholds.