Pak air strikes kill 15 militants

ISLAMABAD (TIP): At least 15 militants were killed on October 3 in air strikes by Pakistani military in the restive northwestern tribal region, where the security forces have launched a major offensive to wipe out the Taliban.

The attacks were launched in Jamrud and Bara sub-divisions of Khyber district where al-Qaida linked rebels have safe havens.

Army said that 15 terrorists were killed in the attacks which also destroyed their three hideouts.

The Taliban and other al-Qaida-linked groups, which stage attacks in both Pakistan and Afghanistan are known to have strongholds in the tribal region.

Pakistan launched operation Zarb-i-Azb, a much-awaited military campaign, to clear insurgent bases from North Waziristan, following a bloody assault on Karachi airport ended faltering peace talks with the insurgents.

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The militant attack on the airport killed 37 people. The military claims it has killed nearly 1,000 militants and lost 82 soldiers since the start of the operation.

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