177 terrorists killed in North Waziristan operation: Pakistan army
Pakistan military on Monday said that 177 "terrorists have been killed" in major military operation against the local and foreign militant groups in North Waziristan tribal region over the past two days.
The security forces, backed by fighter jets and gunships, launched offensive on Sunday on the direction of the government, saying the militant groups had staged a war on the state of Pakistan.
"Operation in North Wazirastan Agency is progressing as per plan. No operation in civil populated areas has been started so far," the army said, adding North Wazirastan Agency has been isolated by deploying troops along its border with neighboring agencies and other tribal regions to block any move of terrorists in and out of the Agency.
Releasing update about the casualties and other losses of the militants, the military said six hardcore terrorists hideouts were destroyed by jet aircraft early Monday in Shawal area of North Wazirastan Agency, bordering Afghanistan.
"In these precise strikes 27 terrorists were killed. There is no civil population in the area," a military spokesman said in a statement.
He said on Sunday jet aircraft in precise strikes in Degan-Boya in North Wazirastan were very successful in which 140 terrorists were killed. "Most of those killed are Uzbeks. Many East Turkestan Islamic Movement terrorists and their affiliates have also been killed in the strikes."
The army described Sunday's strikes as a massive blow to the terrorists and one of their main communication center has been dismantled.
The spokesman said troops have cordoned off all terrorists bases, including the main town of Mir Ali and Miranshah, headquarters of North Waziristan. Seven fleeing terrorists were killed on the outskirts of Mir Ali last night. "In a separate sniper action by Special Service Group 3 terrorists were killed while laying IEDs close to Miranshah."
Three soldiers were injured Sunday night in exchange of fire with terrorists around Mir Ali.
The spokesman said security has been beefed up in all major cities and towns and at sensitive installations across the country by civil administration. "Army troops have been alerted and forward placed to assist law enforcement agencies. They will remain at designated places and whenever asked by civil administration will be employed in case of emergency."
He said security has been beefed up all along Pak-Afghan border to check terrorists fleeing from area and the Afghan National Army and Afghan Border Police have also been requested to seal the border on their side to facilitate elimination of terrorists fleeing across the border.
"They have also been requested to initiate immediate measures to eliminate TTP terrorists and their sanctuaries in Kunar, Nuristan and other areas of Afghanistan."(新华网)