Masterminds of Karachi airport attack also killed in NWA bombings, 150 foreign terrorists killed

MIRANSHAH: Pakistani fighter jets bombarded hideouts of militants in North Waziristan, killing at least 150 foreign fighters.

Official sources said, in the air raid six hideouts of the militants were targeted in Data Khel area.

Pakistan launched a major offense after Uzbek fighters were involved in the all-night siege of Karachi airport that killed more than 30.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), an Al-Qaeda affiliate that has been mainly based in Pakistan´s tribal belt since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, claimed 10 of their fighters were involved in Karachi airport assault.

The Pakistani Taliban´s main spokesman confirmed that Uzbek fighters were involved in the attack but did not say how many. Shahidullah Shahid, the Taliban spokesman, said: “Yes, the attack on the Karachi airport was a joint operation of TTP and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan”.

RAWALPINDI: Several foreign terrorist commanders are among 80 terrorists killed during aerial strikes by Pakistani Jets in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan, according to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing of the Pakistan Army.

Security-sources confirmed that terrorist commanders belonging to the East Turkistan Islamic Movement, Abu Abdul Rahman Almani and Wilayet bin Hashim were among several other terrorists killed in the air strikes conducted about 0130 hours on Sunday.

The report said that the strike was carried on intelligence about presence of terrorists involved in the Karachi Airport attack at the hideouts in Degan, Datta Khel in NWA.

Following confirmed reports about the presence of foreign and local terrorists involved in the Karachi Airport attack, Pakistani jets targeted the hideouts as well an ammunition dump.

While the ISPR confirms over 80 terrorists were killed in the strike, a foreign news agency has reported the number to be as high as 150.

The political administration confirms a curfew remains enforced in NWA and all exit/entry roads are closed.