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Military says air strikes killed 'dozens' of militants

Published:Tuesday | February 21, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Afghan refugee children play in a refugee camp situated in the suburbs of Islamabad, Pakistan, yesterday.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP):

Pakistani air strikes killed "dozens" of militants yesterday in a tribal region along the Afghan border, the military said.

Pakistan had vowed to fight back after a series of suicide bombings last week killed more than 100 people, including 88 worshippers gathered at a famed Sufi shrine. The attacks were claimed by various Islamic militant groups, which have long operated in the porous border region.

The warplanes targeted militant hideouts in the Wucha Bibi area of North Waziristan, the Pakistani army said in a statement. The information could not be independently confirmed as media access to the region is heavily restricted.

Pakistan carried out a blistering artillery assault on suspected terrorist camps in Afghanistan on Friday and Saturday after giving the Afghan government a list of 76 alleged Pakistani terrorists it said were sheltering there. The artillery assault displaced nearly 200 families, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Pakistan's army on Monday also carried out an operation in the Tank district near South Waziristan killing four wanted militants belonging to a faction of the militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban, the military said in a statement

The statement said the "terrorists" killed were involved in targeted killings, kidnapping for ransom, and extortion for militant activities. Among them were three militant commanders and the son of Asmatullah Shaheen, a high-profile member of the group who was killed amid an internal struggle.

Paramilitary rangers in the southern port city of Karachi also killed seven 'terrorists' during an early morning raid at their hideout in the city's suburbs, the force said in a statement.

The statement said that among the dead was Omar Hayat, who was involved in a 2011 attack on a Pakistani naval base and a 2014 attack on Karachi's international airport. The others were also involved in various attacks, including on a minority Shiite mourning procession, the statement said.