Pakistan says airstrikes kill 20 militants by Afghan border

He said at least “218 hardcore terrorists” were killed and 347 officers and soldiers lost their lives.

According to an ISPR statement, the PAF fighter jets also pounded a few hideouts of the terrorists, completely destroying them.

The operation carried out a search operation in the border area of Dattakhel, North Waziristan, said Pakistan Army media cell spokesperson.

The mountainous region along the Afghan border used to be a key Taliban stronghold, with insurgents controlling all the major urban centers.

Pakistan launched operation in North Waziristan last June and killed about 2,000 rebels.

North Waziristan is one of the seven regions in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws which is situated along the Pak-Afghan border and is rife with Taliban militant activity.

The Pakistani offensive, which followed a failed attempt to hold peace talks between the government and the Taliban, has not prevented militant groups from carrying out attacks.

Pakistan has been battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency for over a decade following the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.



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