Air strikes in Pakistan kill 42 Taliban militants

Pakistani Army claims 42 suspected militants from Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan killed in North Waziristan tribal area

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The Pakistani military has said it killed 43 members of Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan in North Waziristan along the Afghan border.

An Army media outler, Inter Services Public Relations, reported on Thursday that the militants were killed by air strikes in Gharala Mae village and the Shawal valley of the mountainous area without giving further details of the identities or nationality of the dead militants.  

Following Sunday’s suicide bomb attack in Punjab Province that left 20 people dead, including the province's Home Minister Shuja Khanzada, at least 160 militants have been killed in intensive operations.   

The number of casualties couldn't be confirmed because the area is identified as "restricted" for journalists.

The conflict between the Pakistani army and the Taliban has been continuing since June 2014, with military efforts focused on clearing North Waziristan from the insurgency.

More than 90 per cent of the region has been cleared of the insurgency with nearly 3,000 militants killed so far.

On Wednesday, air strikes targeted five hideouts of suspected militants in different parts of Shawal Valley, killing 25 of them.



TRTWorld and agencies