FOR PAKISTAN

MIRANSHAH: Security forces bombed parts of North Waziristan for a second day on Thursday, Express News reported.

A curfew was imposed in the agency as military aircraft targeted the hideouts of suspected militants in Miranshah.

On May 21, warplanes had bombed suspected hideouts of militants in North Waziristan, killing and wounding dozens of militants.

In pre-dawn strikes, fighter jets and helicopter gunships had raided targets in Miramshah, Mir Ali, Datta Khel, Ghulam Khan and Spen Wam tehsils of North Waziristan, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). At least 60 hardcore militants, including some key commanders and foreigners, were killed and around 30 wounded, it had claimed.

The identity of most of the dead could not be verified independently, but two of the dead commanders were identified as Mosa Khan Mehsud and Sabir Mehsud.

In the afternoon yesterday, five security personnel were killed and seven injured in a clash with militants in the Mir Ali Bazaar area.  According to an official, the clash had taken place during a search operation by security forces. He had stated that one army major was among the fatalities. In a retaliatory action by security forces, at least 13 militants were killed, he had added.

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