11 militants killed in Pakistan

At least 11 suspected militants were killed in a Pakistan military operation Wednesday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) sources said.

Islamabad: At least 11 suspected militants were killed in a Pakistan military operation Wednesday, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) sources said.

Jet fighters carried out air strikes on suspected militant hideouts during the Zarb-i-Azb operation in the North Waziristan tribal region, Dawn online reported.

For the first time since the launch of the operation in Miramshah, the North Waziristan town was opened to national and international media as media personnel, particularly from the television networks, were allowed to take shots of several destroyed militant hideouts.

The army launched its operation "Zarb-i-Azb" against militants in the tribal region a week after an attack on Karachi airport June 8.

So far more than 400 suspected militants, mostly foreigners, have been killed during the operation while at least 19 bomb-making factories have been unearthed by security forces in parts of Miramshah, the report said.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 62,251 families have left North Waziristan since the military offensive started.

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