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Pakistan deploys troops, fighter jets in anti-militant offensive

Published on Jun 16, 2014 11:12 AM
A Pakistani tribesman in a shuttered market in Miranshah in North Waziristan, a stronghold for Taleban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants near the border with Afghanistan, on June 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (AFP) - Pakistan on Monday launched fresh air strikes on the northwest tribal region where it has deployed up to 30,000 troops in a long-awaited offensive to eliminate Taleban and Al-Qaeda militants from their border stronghold.

The action in North Waziristan was launched a week after a brazen insurgent attack on Pakistan's main airport in Karachi which left dozens dead and marked the end of a troubled peace process.

The offensive was announced on Sunday, shortly after airstrikes killed at least 105 people including insurgents linked to the airport raid, and jets and helicopter gunships continued to pound the region over the weekend.

A local security official said fighter jets bombed two government schools west of Miranshah - the main town of North Waziristan - early on Monday, killing at least 10 Uzbek militants who were sheltering in them.

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