30 militants killed as Pak jets bomb hideouts

Pakistani fighter jets targeted militant hideouts in the restive North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least 30 militants as part of the military offensive against the Taliban, officials said on Tuesday.

Peshawar: Pakistani fighter jets targeted militant hideouts in the restive North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least 30 militants as part of the military offensive against the Taliban, officials said on Tuesday.

The latest strikes targeted militants in Datta Khel area of the region where the Taliban are still dominant despite heaving bombing by the military since it launched the offensive in mid-June.

Senior Taliban commander Daud Matta was among the 30 militants killed in the attacks, a security official said.

The jets targeted at least four militant hideouts which were destroyed, the official said.

The military has said that about 1,100 militants have been killed in the operation named 'Zarb-i-Azb'.

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has already said that the operation will continue till militancy is completely eliminated from the country.

Zarb-i-Azb was launched by the Pakistan Army on June 15 following a brazen militant attack on Karachi's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Pakistani Taliban negotiators.

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