Army hits militant hideouts, kill 11 in Waziristan

Local and foreign media allowed to visit Miranshah first time

MIRANSHAH – Jet fighters carried out airstrikes on suspected militant hideouts, destroying three of them while 11 suspected militants were also killed on Wednesday during the Zarb-e-Azb military operation in the North Waziristan tribal region, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) sources said.

First time since the launch of the operation, Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, was opened for national and international media as media personnel, particularly from the television networks, were allowed to take shots of several destroyed militant hideouts.

The army launched its long-awaited major operation Zarb-e-Azb in the tribal region a week after an attack on the airport in Karachi, deploying troops, tanks and jets to the area in the crackdown on the Pakistani Taliban and other militants.

So far more than 400 suspected militants, mostly foreigners, have been killed during the operation while at least 19 improvised explosive device making factories have also been unearthed by security forces in parts of Miranshah.

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