Nearly 350 Pakistani soldiers killed in Zarb-e-Azb

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RAWALPINDI: In a series of tweets, Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asim Bajwa on Saturday marked a year since the launch of Operation Zarb-i-Azb with an overview of significant achievements.

While the information shared by the military’s public relations wing cannot be independently verified, the short statement today said that so far 2,763 suspected terrorists have been killed in the North Waziristan operation. It added that 837 hideouts have been destroyed and 253 tons of explosives have been recovered.

He said that militant strongholds, communications infra structure and sanctuaries were cleared on a large scale in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), including North Waziristan and Khyber agencies.

He said that thousands of suspected terrorists and their abettors had been apprehended whereas ‘218 hardcore terrorists’ were killed in around 9,000 intelligence-based-operations (IBOs). Maj Gen Bajwa added that 347 military personnel had also lost their lives during the operation.

Giving details of the search operations conducted in militant hideouts North Waziristan agency he said that 18,087 weapons including heavy machine guns (HMGs), light machine guns (LMGs), sniper rifles, rocket launchers and AK-47 rifles had been recovered during the past one year.

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