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Pakistan army launches new air strikes near Afghan border

Published on Feb 25, 2014 11:53 AM

PESHAWAR (REUTERS) - Pakistan's army launched new air strikes targeting militant hideouts in the tribal region of North Waziristan on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, military officials said.

Pakistani fighter jets have been pounding targets in the region since the government's efforts to engage Taleban insurgents in peace negotiations broke down this month.

North Waziristan residents have been trickling out of the troubled region in recent days anticipating a full-scale military offensive, leaving their homes and villages behind and settling in more peaceful areas such as Bannu, Kohat and Peshawar.

"The militants had captured a stretch between South Waziristan and North Waziristan and had established training centres where they were also preparing suicide bombers," said one military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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