Pak­istan jets at­tack rebel bor­der bases

Daily Trust - - WORLD -

At least 16 people have been re­ported killed and 15 in­jured in Pak­istan air raids against what the mil­i­tary termed “ter­ror­ist hide­outs” in the Khy­ber tribal area.

The mil­i­tary said the raids on Thurs­day tar­geted mem­bers of armed groups in­volved in plan­ning re­cent at­tacks, in­clud­ing the bomb­ing of a fruit mar­ket in Is­lam­abad on April 9 and the killing of se­cu­rity forces in Khy­ber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The raids were launched in the Bara area early on Thurs­day morn­ing, mil­i­tary of­fi­cials told Al Jazeera. They come a day af­ter the govern­ment and the Pak­istani Tal­iban met in Is­lam­abad to dis­cuss a stut­ter­ing peace process. Pak­istani Tal­iban, known by the ini­tials TTP, an­nounced on April 16 that it would not be ex­tend­ing a self­im­posed cease­fire on at­tacks against the state and civil­ians, a move which prompted the in­te­rior min­is­ter, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, to say fur­ther talks with­out such a mea­sure in place would be “point­less”. A se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cial in Pe­shawar told the Reuters news agency that the air raids were the first phase of an of­fen­sive against rebels in the Khy­ber area.

“Af­ter the jets, Pak­istan army ground forces also launched op­er­a­tions in the area,” he said.

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