Pakistani jets attack terrorist hideouts in Mohmand, kill 18
PESHAWAR: Pakistani jet fighters on Thursday pounded suspected terrorist hideouts in a Taliban-infested tribal district, killing at least 18 terrorists, administration and military officials said. The airstrikes targeted fighters in Baizai, area of Mohmand on the Afghan border, local official Maqsood Amin said.
“Jets and helicopters pounded Soran Darra town on Thursday and destroyed two hideouts,” he said. At least 18 terrorists were killed and 25 were wounded in the raids, he added. The same area in the lawless tribal region was scene of a bloody clash last week in which military officials reported 50 terrorists and four soldiers dead. A senior military officer in the northwestern city of Peshawar confirmed that military planes participated in the attack.
He said the aircraft carried out several sorties and destroyed terrorist hideouts. “We have reports that around 15 to 20 terrorists died in these attacks,” he said. Independent verification of the casualties was not possible because access of journalists and aid workers is banned to the area. The US has branded the northwestern tribal area a global headquarters of al Qaeda and one of the most dangerous places on Earth.