48 militants killed in fresh Waziristan, Khyber airstrikes

*Dead include Uzbek militants *Seven hideouts, nine vehicles destroyed in fresh airstrikes

PESHAWAR – At least 48 suspected militants were killed, seven hideouts, nine vehicles and several motorcycles were destroyed in fresh airstrikes carried out by fighter jets and cobra gunship helicopters in the Khyber and North Waziristan tribal regions on Tuesday, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Fighter jets carried out raids in the Kokikhel area of Tirah Valley in Khyber and in the North Waziristan tribal area earlier during the day in which 18 suspected militants killed and seven suspected hideouts were destroyed. Later, 30 more suspected militants were killed, nine vehicles and several motorcycles belonging to the militants were destroyed in fresh strikes carried out by the army's cobra gunship helicopters in North Waziristan.

Reports said that in these strikes, most of the militants killed were Uzbek terrorists. The strikes come as Zarb-e-Azb military operation is under way in the North Waziristan tribal region. Nearly a million people have fled the offensive in North Waziristan which is aimed at wiping out longstanding militant strongholds in the area.


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