North Waziristan: Jet bombings kill 80 including Karachi attack's mastermind

Dunya News

Over 80 terrorists, mostly Uzbek, were killed in air strikes on their hideouts in North Waziristan.

MIRANSHAH (Dunya News/Agencies) - Pakistani fighter jets launched airstrikes early Sunday against militant hideouts in the country s troubled northwest, killing at least eighty terrorists, local security officials said.

The strikes targeted the mountainous Dehgan area, some 25 kilometres (16 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal district and a stronghold for Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants on the border with Afghanistan.

"The strikes were carried out based on confirmed reports about the presence of Uzbek and other militants in the area," an official said.

According to ISPR, the targeted strikes were carried out after confirmed reports of presence of foreign and local terrorists in the hideouts, who were linked to planning of Karachi airport attack.

The airstrikes come a week after militants conducted an all-night siege of Karachi airport, killing 38 people.

Following the incident, the local political administration imposed a curfew in the area for an indefinite period.