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Taliban attack: Pakistan army hits back, kills 57 militants

Taliban attack: Pakistan army hits back, kills 57 militants
Pakistan army retaliated to the the deadly Taliban attack at Peshawar school by killing 57 militants in massive airstrikes in the Khyber tribal region where the suicide bombers were reportedly trained.

The army launched 20 airstrikes on Wednesday on several Taliban hideouts in Tirah valley area of Khyber tribal region which is adjacent to Peshawar and killed 57 militants, an army spokesman said.The strikes were launched after reports that militants involved in the Peshawar army school attack in which 148 people, including 132 school children were killed, were trained in the Bara area of Khyber.

The military said that the ongoing operation Khyber-1 in the district is being reviewed.Pakistan had on Wednesday pledged to announce a “national plan” to tackle terrorism within a week with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif saying “this entire region” should be cleaned of terrorism.

Taliban spokesman claimed that its 6 suicide bombers attacked the army school, saying it was a revenge for the military’s operation against militants in the North Waziristan tribal area close to Peshawar.

The security forces have killed hundreds of militants in the region but they are still far from defeated.

Taliban attackers engaged in sadistic games with students

Taliban gunmen who stormed a school in northwest Pakistan toyed with captive students by suggesting some could be let go before lining them up and gunning them down in front of their classmates, according to a new account by survivors. Militants rampaged through an army-run school in Peshawar and killed at least 141 people on Tuesday, almost all of them children. Pakistan was in mourning over the attack, the bloodiest in the nation’s history, which brought international condemnation and promises of a stern crackdown by political and military leaders.Previous accounts by witnesses have indicated a pattern of indiscriminate firing on students with those fortunate enough to survive playing dead while the attackers moved on.

Crackdown on Afghan camps after attack

Pakistani police and intelligence agencies on Thursday initiated a crackdown on Afghan camps as well as on the outskirts of Peshawar city, in the aftermath of Tuesday’s school carnage which left nearly 150 people dead. Suspects, believed to have provided support to the Peshawar school attackers, were arrested during the search operation, The News International reported citing sources.The crackdown comes as the investigation into the Peshawar school attack continues.

Investigation and forensic teams of the police collected evidence from the Army Public School, the target of the attack. The investigation teams also met the eyewitnesses of the attack and recorded their statements. A special anti-terrorism team is carrying out a probe into the attack.



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