Another 25 militants killed and eight hideouts destroyed in ongoing airstrikes.
At least 25 militants and two soldiers were killed on the ninth day of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, as the Pakistan Army continued its military offensive against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in North Waziristan on Monday.
“Fifteen terrorists were killed when jet aircraft targeted hideouts of terrorists in Mir Ali,” according to a statement issued by the ISPR, the media wing of the Pakistan military. “Eight hideouts were destroyed in airstrikes of Pakistani jets,” it added.
According to the ISPR, another 10 terrorists were killed during a search operation in the Spindam area after security forces found them trying to escape into Afghanistan. “Two soldiers embraced martyrdom in exchange of fire with terrorists,” it said.
The ISPR also assured journalists that special arrangements were being undertaken to ensure the safety of the civilian population of North Waziristan. “On Monday, special relaxation was given to internally displaced families to [allow them to] migrate to other safe areas,” the statement added. “Four field camps have been established by the military to provide medical treatment and other assistances to IDP families reaching Bannu,” it said.
A spokesman for the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) said the total number of internally displaced families who had registered for aid in Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan had reached 306,392 on Monday evening. He said the number included 118,753 men, 142,113 women and 189,815 children.
The total number of IDPs in Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan was 450,681, he added.