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Pakistan Air Force strikes terrorist hideout in restive North Waziristan

The airstrikes come following a week of terror attacks across the country, with the last one killing at least 88 people at a Sufi shrine in Karachi. (Representative image) Photograph: (Reuters)

ANI Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan Feb 20, 2017, 02.06 AM (IST)

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) conducted air strikes on terrorist positions in the North Waziristan Agency of Pakistan's restive Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), according to a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)

The statement said that a terrorist hideout was destroyed in the air strikes killing the terrorists who occupied it. The terrorists tried to regroup in the Wucha Bibi area of the tribal agency and were targeted by the PAF, the satement added.

The air strikes come in the wake of a deadly suicide blast that struck the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar that killed around 88 people in Sahwan in the Sindh province. 

Islamic State claimed respoonsibility for the attack.

Pakistani military claimed that it killed over 100 militants across the country in intelligence based operations after the attack on the Sufi shrine.

Pakistan also closed two key border crossings with Afghanistan blocking trade between the two countries in a move that experts say will further deteriorate ties between the two neighbours. The move is aimed at putting pressure on Kabul to do more to stop the flow of terror from its soil.

(WION with inputs from ANI)

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