Pakistan air strikes kill 23 militants

Officials say 23 Taliban militants killed in North Waziristan as Pakistani army targets Taliban strongholds

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Pakistan’s military have conducted air strikes on Sunday against suspected Taliban militants in the northwest, killing 23 people, officials said.

Fighter jets bombed targets in the Zoinari and Khyber areas of North Waziristan along the Afghan border as the final phase of a yearlong offensive against the Taliban.

North Waziristan is a stronghold of Taliban, which militants use to launch attacks both in Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan.

Pakistani army says it has killed 2,800 militants so far this year, but the figures cannot be verified independently as journalists are unable to access North Waziristan.

Afghan officials say Pakistan’s extensive air strikes have driven large numbers of militants to Afghanistan, complicating the relations between the two countries.

Late in April, the Taliban announced the launch of a “spring offensive,” following the withdrawal of the NATO forces from Afghanistan, in a bid to take advantage of the security vacuum in the country.

Thousands of Afghans and Pakistanis have been killed since Taliban stepped up its attacks in 2007.

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