Insurgents killed in Pakistan military attack

Pakistan's military has been involved in a months-long campaign against militants in the northwest tribal belt.
Pakistani security forces have killed 12 militants and destroyed several of their hideouts in an operation in a restive tribal region near the Afghan border.

The operation against the militants was carried out in the Michni area in Mohmand tribal region on Friday.

"Twelve militants were killed and four of their hideouts destroyed during the operation," the paramilitary Frontier Corps said in a statement. "The troops also seized heavy arms, ammunition and explosives during the operation."

Pakistan's semi-autonomous northwest tribal region bordering Afghanistan is home to hundreds of pro-Taliban insurgents who use it as a stronghold to carry out deadly attacks in the country.

The military says it has been involved in a months-long campaign against militants holed up in North West Frontier Province and claims it has already cleared the three districts of Swat, Lower Dir and Buner.

The US is also carrying out frequent drone attacks in the violence-ridden region, in defiance of repeated calls by the Islamabad government.

Earlier on Friday, a missile fired from an un-manned US drone killed at least 12 people near Miran Shan, capital of North Waziristan tribal district.

The air strikes allegedly target militants, but Pakistani media outlets say only 10 out of the 60 raids have managed to strike militant hideouts.
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