Air strikes in Pakistan kill 25 militants

Military air strikes kill 25 suspected militants in northeastern Pakistan

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Pakistani army killed 25 suspected militants with deadly air strikes in the northeastern part of the country on Wednesday, according to two intelligence officials.

The intelligence officials confirmed on Wednesday that the jet bombings targeted five militant hideouts, killing 25 militants in different parts of Shawal Valley.

Following Sunday’s suicide bomb attack in the Punjab province that left 20 people dead, including the Provincial Home Minister Shuja Khanzada, the province has remained under intense bombings, according to the residents in the province.

"We can hear bombs and constant shelling since Sunday, but we have not been instructed to leave the area," farmer Shadam Khan said.   

"We just want them to specify a route for us to safely leave with our families before the army starts a full-fledged operation,” he added.   

Since May, the military has been carrying out operations in the mountain passes of Shawal Valley which is located between North and South Waziristan of Pakistan along the border of Afghanistan, hosting several militant bases.

However, Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman from the Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan, which is an umbrella organization for different fractions and active in the northeastern part of the country along the Afghanistan border, announced that they didn't have any losses from the mountains of North Waziristan.

The difficulties of accessing the area with the presence of few telephone lines and restrictions, made it impossible to confirm the number of  the casualties.


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