By Zahir Shah Sherazi
PESHAWAR, (Dawn): At least 18 suspected militants were killed and seven hideouts destroyed in fresh air strikes carried out by fighter jets in the Khyber and North Waziristan tribal regions, sources in the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
The strikes were carried out in the Kokikhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber and in the North Waziristan tribal area.
However, these claims could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the restive tribal agency.
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The strikes come as military operation Zarb-i-Azb is under way in the North Waziristan tribal region. The operation was launched on June 15 following a brazen militant attack on Karachi’s international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan negotiators.
Nearly a million people have fled the offensive in North Waziristan, which is aimed at wiping out longstanding militant strongholds in the area, which borders Afghanistan.