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30 killed in Pak anti-militant strikes - Six terrorist hideouts destroyed

 ISLAMABAD, Aug 5, (AFP): Pakistan’s military on Tuesday said it had bombed six rebel hideouts in a northwestern district where it has been carrying out an offensive since June, killing 30 suspected militants. The air strikes targeted hideouts in Dattakhel, Marsikhel and Kamsham areas of the North Waziristan where the military is fighting Pakistani Taleban and foreign militants. “Six terrorist hideouts were destroyed through aerial strikes in North Waziristan.

Today 30 terrorists have been killed,” a statement said. Neither the death toll nor the identity of those killed could be immediately verified. Residents from the district recently reported high numbers of civilian casualties, including women and children, in a similar strike. Pakistani jets and artillery began hitting rebel targets in mid-June to try to regain full control of the district and ground forces moved in on June 30. The assault by Pakistan’s military was launched after a dramatic attack by militants on Karachi airport that killed dozens of people and marked the end of a faltering peace process with the Pakistani Taleban.

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