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Pakistan: airstrikes kill 22 militants in North Waziristan: Army

At least 22 militants have been killed in airstrikes conducted by Pakistani fighter jets in North Waziristan tribal region, the army says.

According to a late Saturday statement released by the Pakistani army, the airstrikes were carried out in the remote town of Datta Khel on the country’s border with Afghanistan.

Six militant hideouts were also demolished as a result of the attacks, the statement said.

It also added that the raids were staged after reliable intelligence reports on the presence of the militants in the area were received by security forces.

The file photo shows pro-Taliban militants in an area of northwestern Pakistan.

Pakistan has been waging a major offensive against militant hideouts across the troubled northwestern tribal regions since June last year, when a deadly raid on the Karachi International Airport ended the government’s faltering peace talks with the militants.

Pakistan’s army intensified its military operations after pro-Taliban elements killed over 150 people, most of them children, in an armed assault on a school in Peshawar in December 2014.

Pakistani officials say almost 3,000 militants have been killed since the launch of the operation.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered an alliance with the US in the so-called war on terror. Thousands more have been displaced by the wave of violence and militancy sweeping across the country.

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