International

Pakistan bombs region once declared Taliban-free; 13 militants killed

more-in

Pakistani fighter jets bombed suspected militant hide-outs on Monday in a tribal region where the military had previously declared victory over the Taliban, killing 13 alleged extremists a day after the end of a deadly siege of the Army’s headquarters.

Monday’s airstrikes were in Bajur, a separate segment of the lawless north-western tribal belt where Pakistan waged an intense six-month offensive that wound down in February. Resurgent violence in Bajur could distract the military as it tries to focus on South Waziristan.

“This was a heavy spell of bombing,” said local government official Tahir Khan, who put the death toll at 13. Nine other alleged militants were wounded, he said.

Also in Bajur on Monday, a remote-controlled bomb went off in front of the political administration office in the main city of Khar, wounding a passer-by. In addition, militants were suspected of abducting 10 tribal elders after they attended a meeting aimed at forming a citizens’ militia to protect against the Taliban, said Faramosh Khan, another local official.

Why you should pay for quality journalism - Click to know more

null
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Dec 15, 2019 8:57:38 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/Pakistan-bombs-region-once-declared-Taliban-free-13-militants-killed/article16886131.ece

Next Story