Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Security forces on Saturday carried out aerial strikes in Shawal Valley that killed 14 terrorists, said a statement by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) – the army’s media wing.


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The statement said that security forces in ongoing Operation Zarb-i-Azb carried out precise aerial strikes killing 14 terrorists.

Many hideouts of terrorists have also been destroyed in the strikes, the statement added.

The area is off-limits to journalists, making it difficult to independently verify the number and identity of the dead.

The army says it is conducting the final phase of Operation Zarb-i-Azb to flush out Taliban terrorists from their remaining strongholds along the border with Afghanistan.

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Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Thursday visited Shawal valley in North Waziristan to review the ongoing operation against terrorists.

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Last week, the Pak-army announced the beginning of ground operations in the area on the directions of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif.

According to Director General ISPR Asim Saleem Bajwa, the COAS also ordered ideal coordination between air and ground assaults for maximum outcome.