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Thousands flee Pakistan tribal district fearing operation: officials

Published on Jun 10, 2014 12:33 AM

PESHAWAR (AFP) - Tens of thousands of people from Pakistan's most troubled tribal district have fled their homes fearing a long-awaited military operation is imminent, officials and residents said on Monday.

A government official in Peshawar said some 58,000 people, mostly women and children, had fled North Waziristan district since air strikes targeting militants in late May killed at least 75 people.

The exodus has increased rapidly in recent days, with more than 25,000 fleeing their homes in the last 48 hours alone, he added.

An official in the district's main town of Miranshah confirmed the migration was underway to various parts of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkwha province.

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