PESHAWAR/LANDI KOTAL: Twenty-three suspected militants were killed and 10 others injured in air strikes in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency early on Friday morning.
An ISPR statement said: “Precise air strikes were carried out to target terrorist strongholds in areas close to Pak-Afghan border in Shawal and Khyber Agency. As a result, six terrorist hideouts were destroyed in which 23 hardcore terrorists were killed and more than 10 injured.”
In Shawal area of North Waziristan, 17 militants were killed and several others injured when military planes hit their six hideouts.
In Tirah valley of Khyber Agency, attacks by military planes left six militants dead and several others injured.
Security officials said that the militants killed in Tirah had affiliation with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Lashkar-i-Islam.
They said the airstrikes were carried out in the mountainous region of Rajgal near the Afghan border. It was the second time over the past four days that military planes bombed militants’ hideouts in this region.
Meanwhile, a suspected militant surrendered to Khyber Agency political administration on Friday.
Officials in Jamrud said that Salim of Torkhel, a sub-tribe of Kukikhel, was wanted to the administration for his alleged links with banned organisations. He had been absconding for several months.
The local administration had asked Kukikhel tribe elders a month ago to hand 106 wanted men over to it, warning them that a search operation would be launched in the Kukikhel area if they failed to persuade the wanted men into voluntary surrender. So far nearly a dozen wanted men have surrendered to the administration.