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‘We have cleared Shawal valley completely’

SAMAA | - Posted: May 21, 2016 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
Posted: May 21, 2016 | Last Updated: 6 years ago

SHAWAL: Brigadier Shabbir Narejo says Pakistan army has cleared the last militant stronghold in North Waziristan after a three-month long operation.

In February troops had launched the final phase of the Zarb-e-Azb mission in Shawal valley.

“We have cleared the Shawal valley completely of militants,” Brigadier Shabbir Narejo told reporters at a briefing.

“Troops, helicopter gunships, tanks and jets were deployed in the operation, during which Taliban militants put up “stiff resistance”, Narejo said.

“There were up to 2,000 trained militants in the valley, but we surprised them by launching the operation in the peak of winter in minus 12 degrees Celsius (10.4 Fahrenheit),” he said.

He said that six soldiers and up to 120 militants died in the fighting. - SAMAA
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