Airstrikes kill up to 100 militants in northwest Pakistan – officials
Two intelligence officials told AP that eight militant hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal area were the targets of the airstrikes.
An attack against militants was launched early Sunday morning, with Pakistani fighter jets hitting Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked hideouts, AFP reported. "The strikes were carried out based on confirmed reports about the presence of Uzbek and other militants in the area," the news agency quoted an official as saying.
Pakistani news network SAMAA TV reported that over 150 militants were killed during airstrikes.
The majority of the terrorists killed were foreigners, security sources told SAMMA TV.
The airstrikes were in response to the attack on Karachi Airport a week ago that killed 38 people and put an end to a tentative peace process between the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) and the government.
Uzbek fighters and the Pakistani Taliban both claimed responsibility for the attack on the airport. The two groups united to carry out the siege. The Karachi airport is considered to be one of the busiest in the country. The siege last Sunday lasted for five hours.
The man behind the Karachi attack, Abu Abdul Rehman al-Maani, was one of those killed, officials told AP.
This was Pakistan's second assault on militants this week. On Tuesday, government airstrikes targeted the Tirah Valley in the northwest of the country. Twenty-five suspected militants were said to be killed during the assault as nine hideouts were hit, AP reported.
Twenty-five suspected militants were said to be killed during the assault as nine hideouts were hit.