Air strike kills 11 militants in Pakistan's tribal area
At least 11 militants were killed in jet fighters bombardment at the hideouts of the militants in northwest Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal agency on Wednesday, local TV channels reported.
The forces jet fighters targeted suspected hideouts of the militants in Makeen area of South Waziristan killing five militants, sources said. In another air raid in Brond area six militants were killed, the private channel Express reported.
Around 90,000 persons fleeing from Waziristan ahead of an imminent military operation against the militants, have reached nearby Dera Ismail Khan (DIK) and Tank districts, according to the private channel AAJ TV, reported Xinhua.
About 60,000 displaced persons have been registered in DIK, a local administration official said.
Pakistani Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Wednesday said the decision for launching a military operation in South Waziristan has been taken in principle and it would be launched after preparations of field commanders.
Talking to media the minister said the military operation is not against any area or tribe as it is only against the miscreants and militants who are challenging the writ of the government.
The Pakistani Taliban have launched a fresh series of attacks at some important targets since the end of September, which claimed the lives of more than 100 people. The enraged Pakistani government has decided to launch ground operations against militants in the country's tribal area South Waziristan.