Pakistan army kills 65 militants near Afghan border

Pakistan army kills 65 militants near Afghan border

Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:4PM GMT

Pakistan says its military has conducted fresh air strikes, killing 65 militants in the country’s northwestern tribal region along the Afghan border.

The strikes, carried out in two phases hours apart early in the morning on Wednesday, targeted five Taliban hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal region, the Pakistani army said.

In the first batch of Wednesday airstrikes, the military reported killing of 35 militants in three hideouts in the provincial town of Datta Khel.

Hours later, it said another raid destroyed two more hideouts in the tribal region’s Shawal Valley, leaving 30 more militants killed.

The strikes came a day after the Pakistani pro-Taliban militants claimed responsibility for an attack on a navy dockyard in the port city of Karachi, which had taken place on Saturday. The attack left a navy officer and two militants dead.

The Pakistani army has been conducting a clean-up operation in tribal regions to clear the areas of militants since mid-June.

The military says it has liberated the major towns of Miranshah and Mir Ali from the militants.

According to the Pakistani security officials more than 900 militants have been killed since the start of the army’s air and ground attacks against the militants in North Waziristan.

North Waziristan has long been home to local and al-Qaeda-linked militants who carry out cross-border attacks on US and other NATO troops in Afghanistan.

The militants have carried out numerous attacks against Pakistani security forces and civilians in various parts of the country despite sporadic offensives by the army.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Islamabad entered an alliance with Washington in the so-called war on terror.

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