14 Militants Killed in Presicion Airstrikes at Shawal Valley
PESHAWAR: Precise aerial strikes in Shawal Valley killed 14 suspected militants on Saturday, a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed.
“In precise aerial strikes in Shawal, 14 terrorists have been killed,” the statement said. According to initial reports, fighter jets attacked the Shawal area of North Waziristan, killing 14 and destroying several hideouts.
The Army, last week announced that it was commencing a ground operation in the region, just hours after jets pounded targets in the area.
According to Director General ISPR Asim Bajwa, the ground operation was being carried out on direction of the army chief, adding that air and ground offensives should be coordinated.
The deeply forested ravines of Shawal Valley and Datta Khel are popular smuggling routes between Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, and are dotted with militant bases used as launch pads for attacks on Pakistani forces.
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