Air strikes kill 14 militants in Pakistani tribal area

In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, a Pakistan army soldier stands guard at a market after driving out militants in North Waziristan (AP)

At least 14 militants were killed Saturday in air strikes in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border, the military said.

The strikes targeted militant hideouts in Shawal area of the lawless North Waziristan tribal region, where the army has been waging an offensive against the Taliban since June last year.

“In precise air strikes in Shawal, 14 terrorists were killed today,” the military said in a statement.

The death toll could not be independently verified as the conflict zone is remote and off-limits to journalists.

Pakistan has been battling a homegrown Islamist insurgency for over a decade.

Officials say more than 2,800 militants have been killed since the launch of the latest offensive.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45