Pakistan army kills several dozen militants in North Waziristan

Pakistan army says it killed at least 44 Pakistani Taliban militants in North Waziristan and Khyber agency tribal areas

Updated Jul 28, 2015

At least 44 militants were killed in an aerial operation carried out by the Pakistan army jets in the country’s remote North Waziristan region and Khyber agency tribal areas according to Pakistan army officials.

"Twenty eight terrorists were killed in the remote Tirah valley of Khyber Agency while 16, mostly foreigners, were targeted in Datta Khel town near Afghanistan border," Pakistan army’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Saturday.

North Waziristan and Khyber agency, the two of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in Pakistan, are believed to be the new bastion of Pakistani Taliban militants.

The Pakistani Taliban known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has increased its offensive against the Pakistani army since the militant group splitted from Afghan Taliban in 2007.

The militants perceive both Pakistan army and the NATO as its arch enemy in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The militants were forced to flee their former stronghold in North Waziristan due to a large-scale military operation launched in the mountainous northwestern region on June 15, 2014.

The ongoing operations left behind nearly 2600 militants dead, whereas 100 Pakistani soldiers have been killed by the militants.

Meanwhile, approximately 1.5 million tribesmen are believed to have been displaced due to military operations and militant insurgency in North Waziristan and Khyber agency autonomous regions.

TRTWorld and agencies