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Air strikes kill 60 militants in N. Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, May 21 (KUNA) -- Shelling by Pakistani military gunship helicopters and fighter jets on Wednesday killed at least sixty suspected militants including foreign fighters and wounded over thirty others in different parts of northern Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, said officials.
According to military officials, the security forces targeted militants' bases in Mosaki, Zara Mela and Esorti viallges in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan leaving sixty suspected militants dead and wounding many others.
The public relations department of Pakistan military, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirming the death toll said that the assault killed militants including some key commanders and foreign militants. Many of the injured were reported critical and the death toll is feared to rise.
The military officials also claimed that several hardcore militants including the responsible for terrorist activities in Peshawar, Bajaur, Mohmand agencies and other areas were killed.
The air strikes came just a day after the Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level security meeting in federal capital Islamabad that was attended by top military officials including Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif. (end) sbk.mt