Airstrikes killed three Uzbek combatants near Razmak.

WAZIRISTAN (Dunya News/ AFP) – US drone attacks killed seven terrorists including three Uzbek combatants in North Waziristan on Friday.

American drone fired two missiles targeting the hide out of Punjabi Taliban Commander Qari Imran in the area of Shawal Kand that got four Punjabi Taliban killed whereas the second drone attack at Mangroti near Razmak killed three Uzbek combatants.

Drone aircrafts remained airborne for a long time after the attacks that intimidated residents of the area. 

The Pakistani military launched a major offensive in the area in June and says it has killed more than 1,700 militants so far, with 126 soldiers having lost their lives.

The latest strikes came after Pakistan ramped up its anti-terror strategy in the wake of a December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar which killed 150 people, 134 of them children.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced the establishment of military courts for terror-related cases in order to accelerate trials, and the premier has also lifted a six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating it for terrorism-related cases.

Officials said on Monday that Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in the coming weeks.