Military ground offensive starts in Pakistan’s South Waziristan: TV

By NNN-Xinhua,

Islamabad : The military ground offensive against militants started Saturday in northwest Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal agency, the stronghold of Taliban in Pakistan, local TV channels reported.

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The Pakistani political administration sources said the security forces advancing in different parts of South Waziristan as ground assaults will be supported by air strikes.

According to reports, two security men were killed and five wounded seriously in attacks on security forces in North and South Waziristan along the border with Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, fighter jets pounded militants hideouts in Tehsil Ladha and Sarokai at the start of the operation. Periodic fire was also heard in Makeen.

Massive evacuation of locals is underway due to operation. The residents of these areas are moving towards Peshawar, Bannu and North Waziristan.

However, they are facing difficulties because of curfew.

Meanwhile, militants attacked a check post in northwestern Pakistan’s Mohmand tribal agency Saturday, killing one security official, local TV channels reported.

The reports said the militants attacked a check point at Anbaarin Mohmand, killing one policeman and injuring four others. The ambush also killed nine militants, said the reports.