21 militants killed in air strikes in Shawal Valley: ISPR

On Tuesday, military’s media wing Inter Services Public Relations stated that twenty-one militants have been slaughtered in air strikes and ground operation in North Waziristan’s Shawal Valley.

Combined strikes by PAF, the army and ground forces continued the hunt for fleeing terrorists through a chase and cordon operation, DG ISPR Lt Gen Asim Bajwa said.

The DG ISPR also confirmed, 21 terrorists were killed last night as operations continue. Important heights and passes along the Pak-Afghan border have been secured. The valley’s sanitisation is in progress.

Previously, new air raidskilled 15 terrorists in the tribal region. In South Waziristan almost seven paramilitary soldiers were injured in a pavement bomb attack on a convoy of the Frontier Corps.

A ground offensive was propelled by the Pakistan Army in North Waziristan Agency’s mountainous Shawal Valley at the end of last year.

Shawal Valley is considered as the last harbour of escaping homebased activists and their overseas associates.

In the meantime, the army walked up manoeuvres in the thick woodland gorges of the valley.

The area overlaps North and South Waziristan agencies along the border with Afghanistan.