Pakistani air force jets pounded terrorist hideouts in the restive northwest tribal region, killing at least 13 militants as part of a major offensive against the Taliban, officials said on Monday. The jets and army helicopters bombed the rebels’ hideouts in Spin Qabar, Gud Malang and Dro Adda areas of Khyber after they attacked security forces convoys, killing one soldier.
A security official said eight militants were killed and seven others injured in the air assaults. In a separate incident, five militants were killed in airstrikes in Sherin Darra of Orakzai tribal district, said another security official. The strikes were launched after militants attacked a check post which killed a civilian and injured three soldiers.
Army has said more than 1,100 terrorists were killed in Zarb-i-Azb operation launched against Taliban in North Waziristan in mid-June while around 50 were killed in Khyber-I offensive against militants in the Khyber tribal district.
According to officials, the operation will continue till the extremists are completely wiped out.