Fresh air strikes kill 23 terrorists, destroy underground tunnel system in North Waziristan

RAWALPINDI: Fresh air strikes have successfully targeted 23 terrorists and their underground tunnel system in militant-held areas of the tribal agency North Waziristan, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said here on Friday.

Pakistan military jets started bombardment targeting militants’ hideouts and underground tunnel systems in NWA on Friday (today) intensifying the military operation against insurgents.

At least 23 foreign militants including a prominent commander were killed in the attacks while the intense action result edcomplete destruction of their strong underground tunnel system in different areas. Aerial attacks were carried out in Mada Khel, Meva Khel and Lataka parts of the agency which also destroyed terrorists’ weapons and explosives depot, ISPR said.

It is noteworthy to mention here that at least seven suspected militants were also killed including three foreigners in two US drone attacks in North Waziristan carried out on Friday night, local media reported.

According to report, the first strike took place near the Kund area of Shawal and killed four suspected.

The attack took place on a compound in which Punjabi Taliban commander Qari Imran was targeted.

The strike left four militants dead but there was no confirmation as to whether Qari was killed in the attack.

The second strike took place in the Mangroti area of Shawal where three suspected militants of Uzbek origin were dead.

Drone attacks are widely unpopular across Pakistan and according to survey conducted in June this year, 66 per cent of the country’s citizens oppose these strikes.

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