RAWALPINDI (Staff Report) – Security forces have killed at least 252 terrorists in final phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, ISPR chief said on Sunday.

Inter Services Public Relations Chief Lt Gen Asim Salim Bajwa said at least 252 terrorists were killed and more than 160 reported to be severely injured over the past two months while, security forces also cleared more areas in the remote regions of North Waziristan, in the final phase of the major offensive in the tribal region.

At least eight soldiers of Pakistan Army embraced Shahadat (martyrdom) while 39 were injured during the operation, Bajwa added.

Major terrorist hubs of Mana, Gurbaz, Lataka, Inzarkas and Magrotai and have been cleared, with army troops clearing at least 640 square kilometres of Shawal Valley.

Since the beginning of operation Zarb-e-Azb in June 2014, security forces have cleared 4304 square kilometers of area in North Waziristan and “restored the writ of the government in all areas especially in remote areas of FATA.”

The ongoing operation is being conducted in extremely hostile terrain and harsh weather conditions, the statement said, adding that all heights over 9000 feet have been cleared, terrorist strongholds destroyed and huge cache of arms and ammunition have also been recovered.