RAWALPINDI – After a day when Pakistan Army announced to have initiated the military offensive Zarb-e-Azb, Pakistani fighter jets hit the compounds of outlawed militants of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and ethnic Uzbek insurgents of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).
According to military sources, the fighter jets resumed the air strikes in North Waziristan on Monday morning.
Military sources said combat aircraft pounded targets in the region’s Shawal sector, killing at least 21 militants. Independent confirmation or other details were not immediately available.
On Sunday, Pakistan sent troops, artillery and helicopter gunships to North Waziristan in a long-expected military operation seen as a response to a deadly insurgent attack on its biggest airport a week ago.
The Taliban and ethnic Uzbek fighters holed up in North Waziristan – home to some of Pakistan’s most feared militants and al Qaeda commanders – have both claimed responsibility for the June 8 commando-style attack on Karachi airport.