18 suspected militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) At least 18 suspected militants were killed Thursday in airstrikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force fighter jets in North Waziristan.

According to officials, the airstrikes were conducted in Madakhel area, Dawn online reported.

Military sources had Wednesday said that 15 suspected militants, including two key commanders from the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were killed in airstrikes.

The strikes are part of the military operation which is currently being carried out by the army in the tribal areas of North Waziristan and Khyber Agency, targeting local and foreign insurgents.

Jets and artillery began targeting rebel strongholds in North Waziristan and ground forces moved into the region June 30.

The army has said that it has killed more than 1,100 militants and lost more than 100 soldiers since “Zarb-i-Azb”, the military operation in North Waziristan, began.

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