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Pak army kills 12 militants in airstrikes

Pakistani helicopter gunships on Wednesday swooped down on militants in the volatile northwestern tribal region, killing at least 12 of them in precise aerial strikes.

The airstrikes targeted militants in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, where the military has launched a massive offesive against terrorists.

Military spokesman said in a statement that “12 terrorists were killed while seven vehicles and four terrorists hideouts destroyed” in the strikes. The identity of those killed was not known immediately but the areas under the strike were controlled by militants linked to top Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadur.

The attacks were carried out as part of the ongoing military operation, named Zarb-e-Azb.

The Taliban and other al Qaeda-linked groups, who stage attacks in Pakistan, are known to have strongholds in the restive tribal region.

The Pakistan Army intensified its offensive in the region after the brutal murder of 150 people, 133 of them children, by Taliban militants inside an army-run school in Peshawar on December 16. 


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