At least 16 militants wiped out by Pakistan Air Force air raid

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At least 16 terrorists killed by Pakistan military air blitz carried out near Afghanistan border.

According to media reports, Pakistan military stepping up its operation against militancy after the terrorist attack on a Pakistan Air Force camp in Peshawar. At least 16 suspected militants were annihilated when Pakistani jets pounded at least four militant hideouts today Saturday, September 19.

Pakistan Air Force pounded militant bases in the Tirah Valley, which stands astride the Afghan border. The area is a chief smuggling route between Pakistan and Afghanistan. “All those killed in the bombing were Pakistani militants,” a security official in Peshawar revealed.

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Moreover, police has arrested several people, just a day after the attack which claimed 29 lives. This is what has been called the deadliest ever militant attack on a Pakistani military installation and is likely to destabilize already unsteady ties with Afghanistan as DG ISPR stated that the attack was planned in Afghanistan. DG ISPR General Asim Bajwa just hours after the terrorist attack, stated that communications were intercepted which indicated that the Taliban gunmen were being directed by handlers in Afghanistan.

On Friday, September 18, about 13 militants stormed the Badaber air base, which is about 10 kilometres south of Peshawar. Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) spokesperson claimed responsibility of the attack and said it was retaliation of bombing raids on militants bases along the Afghan border.