Pakistan Army Launches Assault In Tribal Region

Pakistan says it has launched a “comprehensive operation” against armed groups northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, after killing scores of fighters in air raids.

The military said on Sunday the operation would target “foreign and local terrorists” hiding in North Waziristan. The operation was launched a week after fighters attacked Karachi international airport.

“Using North Waziristan as a base, these terrorists had waged a war against the state of Pakistan”, the military said, adding that the groups had “paralysed life within the agency and perpetually terrorised the entire peace loving and patriotic local population”.

“Our valiant armed forces have been tasked to eliminate these terrorists regardless of hue and colour, along with their sanctuaries,” it said.

Troops, artillery and helicopter gunships were involved, according to the Reuters news agency.

“There were confirmed reports of presence of foreign and local terrorists in these hideouts who were linked to planning of the Karachi airport attack,” it said, a reference to the attack last week that killed 36 people.

Eight hideouts were targeted in the raids, the AP news agency quoted two intelligence officers as saying. The army said that an ammunition dump was also destroyed.

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