Two killed as gunships pound Taleban hideouts

At least two persons were killed in a blitz carried out by Pakistan’s military in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan tribal region whereas three men, reportedly associated with the Awami National Party (ANP), were gunned down in Badhber area of Peshawar.

By Afzal Khan

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Published: Wed 29 Jan 2014, 12:09 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 12:55 AM

Military gunship helicopters shelled the suspected militant hideouts in several areas of Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan region, killing two persons and wounding several others.

The identities of the victims and the number of casualties could not be independently verified as the access of media is restricted in the region.

North Waziristan is one of the seven agencies in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) governed by tribal laws. An extremist insurgency led by the Tehrik-i-Taleban Pakistan (TTP) plagues the region and the area is known to be infested with militants, including those from Al Qaeda and other armed extremist organisations.

The region, which lies along the Pak-Afghan border, also comes under attacks from US drones frequently which target militant hideouts in the area.

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