25 militants killed in Pakistan air strikes



At least 25 foreign and local militants were killed Tuesday as military jets bombed suspected terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan, the army said in a statement.

An Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesman said security forces destroyed six hideouts, which included a militant training camp and a bomb-making factory in Dattakhel tehsil and Hasokhel area, Dawn online reported.

He said operation Zarb-i-Arb, which was launched June 15, was progressing as per plan.

Geo News put the figure of the militants killed to "at least 50".

More than 187 militants have been killed since the operation was launched in the tribal region.

"The cordon around all terrorists hideouts, including in the town of Mirali and Miramshah, has been further tightened and reinforced," the ISPR statement said.

The operation was launched against the foreign and local terrorists hiding in North Waziristan, a week after a brazen insurgent attack on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport.

According to an earlier report, at least 15 militants were killed. - IANS