RAWALPINDI – As National Security Council (NSC) allowed to take hit on outlawed militants of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), security officials confirmed that as many as 71 ‘holy warriors’ have been killed.
The decision to lodge air strike in North Waziristan of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) was approved by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as he chaired NSC on May 20 in Islamabad. However, the details of the decisions related to North Waziristan’s strike was revealed only later.
According to military sources, the Pakistan Air Force’s fighter jets targeted the hideouts of outlawed militants in a restive tribal area near the Afghan border. The airstrikes were immediately followed by the ground offensive by Pakistan Army.
At least 60 people including insurgent commanders were killed in the early morning airstrikes, officials said, while separately a minimum of 11 militants and four security officials died in fighting near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan region.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated “As per reports so far, 60 hardcore terrorists including some of the important commanders and foreigners were also killed in the strikes and around 30 were injured.”
In the later incident, the military said in a statement, “11 terrorists were killed and four security forces personnel including an officer embraced martyrdom.”
The number and identity of the dead could not be verified independently because fighting is ongoing and national and international media cannot enter the area.