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Airstrikes kill 43 militants in North Waziristan: ISPR

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Armed forces killed 43 suspected militants alongside Afghan border on Thursday in airstrikes, said the military.

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The strikes occurred in Gharlamai and Shawal areas of North Waziristan tribal region, which has been waged a major offensive by army to wipe out the militant hideouts since June 2014.

“Twenty-eight terrorists were killed in Gharlamai area and another 15 were killed in Shawal in precise aerial strikes,” the military stated.

The area where conflict has been taking place is far and off-limits to journalists, hence, making it difficult to verify the army’s claims related to number and identity of killed.

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Meanwhile, Pakistan has long been combating a home-grown insurgency for over 10 years following the late 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

The Pakistan Army launched a main campaign in North Waziristan in June in 2014 after talks with Taliban did not come out fruitful. Now, after having removed large number of hideouts of militants from a large swathe, the authorities have vowed to boost operations both in the border regions and across the country.

According to officials, almost 3,000 militants have been killed since the launch of the latest offensive to make it a last nail into the coffin of terrorists that has been destroying the country from every side.

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