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Pakistan military kills 18 in anti-militant offensive

Published on Jun 28, 2014 8:28 PM

BANNU (AFP) - Pakistani jets and artillery bombarded militant hideouts in the country's restive north-west on Saturday as part of a massive ongoing offensive against the Taleban, killing 18 insurgents, the military said.

Pakistan Air Force (PAF) planes pounded the outskirts of Mirali town late Friday while tanks targeted militant sanctuaries outside Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan where almost half a million civilians have fled.

"The PAF jets destroyed six confirmed terrorist hideouts killing 11 terrorists," the military said in a statement.

"Terrorist concentrations were targeted early Saturday morning by integrated fire of artillery, tanks and heavy weapons outside Miranshah killing seven terrorists," it added.

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