At least 40 suspected militants were killed and several others injured as renewed air strikes hit militants’ hideouts in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan, the army announced on Sunday.
The army conducted the air strikes hours after a strong explosion hit the political office of Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada in Attock, the northern border of the Punjab province of Pakistan, leaving Khanzada and nine others dead.
Pakistan army spokesman Athar Abbas said that a huge quantity of arms and ammunition was also destroyed in the air strikes.
North Waziristan, one of the seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in Pakistan, has been a hub for al Qaeda and Taliban's Pakistan branch TTP since the post- 9/11 period.
The Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has increased its offensive against the Pakistani army since the militant group splitted from the Afghan Taliban in 2007.
Pakistani army has increased its effort to cope with the militant insurgency since the last year’s school attack in Peshawar.
The ongoing operations left behind nearly 2,900 militants dead, whereas more than 100 Pakistani soldiers have been killed by the militants.
The chaos created by both army operations and Taliban militancy caused the displacement of at some 1.5 million people from Pakistan's tribal areas.