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Troops Swoop on Mirali as Miranshah Cleared

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Pakistan Army Tuesday said that Miranshah, which was once a bastion of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), had been de-militantized, news reported.

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“About 80 percent of Miranshah has been purged of all kinds of militant elements, while troops are rolling into Mirali, where we reckon to meet a far heavier resistance than we had put up with in the former”, said DG Inter-Services Public Relations Asim Saleem Bajwa in a press briefing here.

Bajwa said that the militants had set up a market in Miranshah where all kinds of explosives, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and firearms were traded.

“An IED with a capability of killing 20 people could be bought for just Rs80,000 form that Barood Bazaar”, he said.

Military pulled off many a significant achievement in Miranshah during the offensive, Bajwa told the pressmen.

“So far we have seized/destroyed at least 15 bomb-making facilities, 250 suicide bombing vests, and no less than 23 tons of explosive material”, said he.

DG ISPR added that at least 447 terrorists have been killed so far whereas 88 hideouts have been destroyed all at the cost of 26 martyrdoms.

He also said, “North Waziristan had become a hub of terrorism where several terrorist networks were based and had been operating for a long time. Terrorists used to brainwash suicide bombers while recruiting them in North Waziristan.”

He also told the mediamen that a key Taliban commander, Mutiullah, had also been killed in Mirali.

The clashes took place near the town of Mirali in North Waziristan, where the army is in the midst of a major operation to clear the area of militants and their strongholds.

The area is off-limits to journalists, so the number and identity of those killed cannot be verified independently.

According to DG ISPR, the army has begun ground operation in Mirali and Dattakhel areas on Monday.

The military launched the long-awaited offensive last month to try to wipe out longstanding militant strongholds in North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan.

The assault was launched after a dramatic attack on Karachi airport which killed dozens of people and marked the end of a faltering peace process with the Pakistani Taliban.

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