Pakistan pounds Taliban hideouts for third day

May 24, 2014 - 12:14:43 am

MIRANSHAH: Four suspected militants were killed yesterday as Pakistan’s armed forces hit Taliban targets in a third day of action in a restive tribal area close to the Afghan border.

The military used mortars and helicopter gunships to pound suspected Taliban hideouts in North Waziristan, one of seven tribal districts where insurgents have strongholds.

Yesterday’s operation comes after two days of fighting in the area which began on Wednesday with air strikes and ground clashes which left at least 71 suspected militants and four security personnel dead.

“Security forces fired mortar shells from Miranshah fort on the adjacent areas of Machis camp, Kharwani and Sukhail Wazir yesterday morning, followed by pounding suspected militant hideouts with gunship helicopters,” an intelligence official based in Miranshah said.

Miranshah is the main town of North Waziristan and Machis camp a neighbourhood on its outskirts which was once a camp for Afghan refugees but is now thought to be used by militants.

AFP

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