252 militants killed; 640 sq km area cleared in Shawal Valley so far: army

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RAWALPINDI: Since the last phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb kicked off in February, at least 252 militants have been killed and 160 severely injured, while security forces have cleared 640 square kilometres of so far uncontrolled area in Shawal Valley of North Waziristan Agency, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement on Sunday.

Major terrorist hubs in Mana, Gurbaz, Lataka, Inzarkas and Magrotai areas have been cleared of militants, the ISPR said. “The battle to clear the last pocket close to the Pak-Afghan border continues,” it said, adding that all heights over 9,000 feet have been cleared.