RAWALPINDI/MIRANSHAH: Fighter jets launched air strikes Sunday against militant hideouts in North Waziristan, killing at least 105 insurgents including those linked to a brazen attack on Karachi airport, the military said on Sunday.
One official said that the alleged Uzbek mastermind of the Karachi attack had been killed in the strikes. “Abu Abdul Rehman Almani, who was mastermind of attack on Karachi airport, and several other commanders have been killed in the strikes,” the official told AFP.
Another security official said that “the number of the killed people was even more than 150”.
“A number of terrorist hideouts in Dehgan, Datta Khel in North Waziristan were targeted by jet aircraft. The number of terrorists killed in early morning strikes has risen to 105, mostly Uzbeks,” a military statement said.
“As of now North Waziristan Agency has been isolated by deploying troops along its border with neighboring agencies and FATA regions to block any move of terrorists in and out of the agency,” the ISPR said. “Within the agency, troops have moved and cordoned off all terrorists bases, including in the town of Mirali and Miranshah.”
Announcements will be made for the local population to approach designated areas for their orderly and dignified evacuation out of the agency, the ISPR said, and added that necessary logistics and administrative arrangements for IDPs have been made by political administration and the disaster management agency. “Registration points and IDP camps have been set up. Surrender points have also been made for those militants who chose to quit violence and give up their arms,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, aerial surveillance of the area is being carried out by own aerial surveillance platforms. The Afghan National Army and Afghan Border Police have also been requested to seal the border on their side to facilitate elimination of terrorists who attempt to escape across the border, the ISPR said. “They have also been requested to initiate immediate measures to eliminate TTP terrorists and their sanctuaries in Kunar, Nuristan and other areas of Afghanistan.”
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