MIR ALI: Security forces killed five militants and destroyed their five hideouts during ground offensive in various areas of Mir Ali, North Waziristan on Saturday.
Official sources said that security forces targeted terrorists’ hideouts on the other side of Tochi River in the area, saying that in the fresh action eight militants were killed and their five dens were flattened.
Troops have started advancing towards Khushali and Hasokhel areas of Mir Ali and launched search operation.
More than five hundred terrorists have been killed and 34 Pakistani soldiers have embraced martyrdom during military operation (Zarb-e-Azb) in North Waziristan Agency since June 15.
According to a report, dozens of militant hideouts were destroyed while several improvised explosive device (IED) making factories were seized in Miranshah area during last 42 days.
Pak Army troops have already cleared Miranshah, Degan and Boya areas; however, operation is underway in Mir Ali. During ongoing ground offensive, thirty terrorists have surrendered so far.
Pakistani jets and artillery began hitting rebel targets in North Waziristan in mid-June to try to regain full control of the district and ground forces moved in on June 30.
The assault by Pakistan s military was launched after a dramatic attack by militants on Karachi airport which killed dozens of people and marked the end of a faltering peace process with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
More than 800,000 people have been forced to flee from North Waziristan by the assault, with most ending up in the nearby town of Bannu. Twelve hundred tonnes of ration has been distributed among the affectees till Saturday.
Meanwhile, Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch said that 80% of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan have received the Ramazan package while the rest of them will get it before Eidul Fitr,
Under the Ramazan package, the government will give Rs52,000 to each family of IDPs, the minister said during an interview on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has increased the number of doctors providing health services to IDPs of North Waziristan.
According to Provincial Disaster Management Authority, 94 doctors have been assigned for IDPs – 18 are working in Bannu, 32 in Dera Ismail Khan and 44 in Lakki Marwat districts.