Military claims 15 terrorists killed in precise airstrikes.
Fifteen Islamist militants have been killed and seven of their hideouts destroyed in fresh air attacks in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, the military said.
The airstrikes were carried out Sunday in the Shawal district of North Waziristan, where the Army began a major offensive in June last year against Taliban and Al Qaeda bases.
“15 terrorists were killed and 7 of their hideouts destroyed in Shawal today [Sunday] through aerial strikes,” said a brief statement issued Sunday night. The death toll could not be independently verified as the area is remote and off-limits to journalists.
In a second incident in North Waziristan, an Army officer was killed when a checkpost came under militant attack on late Sunday, security officials said. Five militants were also killed during the exchange of fire, which took place in the Dandy Kach village.
“One major embraced martyrdom during the clash. At least five militants were also killed and the attack was repulsed successfully,” said a security official in Peshawar. Militants also fired rockets on the checkpost, the official said and added that militants came from across the border in Afghanistan.
A second security official in Peshawar, confirmed the attack and casualties.