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Nearly 3,000 Militants Killed in Operation Zarb-e-Azb: Army

by AFP
Farooq Naeem—AFP

Farooq Naeem—AFP

Spokesman says 837 militant hideouts have also been destroyed in ongoing operation, and 347 military personnel died.

Pakistan’s military said Saturday it had killed more than 2,700 militants since the launch of a major offensive near the Afghan border a year ago.

The Army began a major campaign against Taliban and other militant strongholds in North Waziristan in June last year. The conflict zone is off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to independently verify the number and identity of those killed.

In the year since the launch of the operation, “so far, 2,763 terrorists killed, 837 hideouts destroyed,” military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted on Saturday. He said at least “218 hardcore terrorists” were killed and 347 officers and soldiers lost their lives.

Bajwa added that the operation had now moved to the last few pockets close to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Pakistan has been battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency for over a decade following the late 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan. Authorities have since vowed to intensify operations, using airstrikes, artillery and mortars to take back territory both in the border regions and other parts of the country.

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