RAWALPINDI: Fresh aerial strikes targeting militant hideouts in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan on Tuesday left at least 76 suspected militants dead, including some foreigners.
According to a statement released by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), air strikes targeted militant hideouts it Datta Khel area of North Waziristan. The first round of strikes killed 53 militants while a second round of strikes killed an additional 23 militants.
The strikes destroyed six militant hideouts and an ammunition dump.
Seven explosives laden vehicles were also destroyed in the strikes.
The strikes came as Army chief General Raheel Sharif visited Mohmand Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas on Tuesday.
“We will never abandon these areas without fully restoring them to functional normalcy,” General Raheel said.
Tuesday's air strikes followed similar strikes on Sunday when at least 35 suspected terrorists were killed in fresh air strikes in North Waziristan Agency near the border with Afghanistan on Sunday as an eight-member Afghan delegation, led by the country’s border police chief, arrived in the federal capital on a five-day trip.
Fighter jets strafed hideouts of militants in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, the military’s media wing, the ISPR, said in a statement. Thirty-five terrorists were killed in the air blitz, it added. “Foreigners were among the dead.”
Referring to the recently launched operations by Afghan National Army in areas close to Mohmand and Bajaur, the army chief expressed hope such measures would help check cross border terrorism incidents and enhance border coordination.