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Pakistan army launches 'comprehensive operation' against militants in restive region

Published on Jun 15, 2014 11:26 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's military said on Sunday it had launched a "comprehensive operation" to eliminate Taleban and Al-Qaeda militants in a restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, a week after a brazen insurgent attack on the Karachi airport.

"On the directions of the government, Armed forces of Pakistan have launched a comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists who are hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan," a military statement said.

A military official in the main North Waziristan town of Miranshah told AFP that the coordinated operation - involving airforce, artillery, tanks and ground troops - has already started. "The operation has been named Zarb-e-Azb," the military statement said.

The announcement followed air strikes in the region earlier on Sunday that killed at least 80 insurgents, including Taleban members linked to the all-night siege on Karachi Airport.

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