Pakistan hit by barrage of rockets from Afghan side


PESHAWAR: Five rockets were fired from Afghan side towards Pak-Afghan Gate at Angora Adda, South Wazirastan around 1430 hours on Sunday, the military officials said.
According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of armed forces, the rockets landed near border crossing gate inside Pakistan’s territory.
Pakistani troops also fired back in the direction from which rockets were fired.
No loss of life or property was reported.
Earlier on Saturday, at least 22 militants were killedwhen Pakistani fighter jets bombarded six insurgent hideouts on the country’s troubled northwest frontier bordering Afghanistan.
The attacks primarily targeted Taliban positions in North Waziristan’s Shawal area, where the military has been mounting an offensive against militant strongholds for more than a year.
“Fighter jets precisely hit the Taliban’s hideouts at separate locations in Shawal,” a security official in Peshawar told AFP.
“Six of their hideouts and an unknown number of vehicles were also destroyed in the air strikes,” the official added.
It was not possible to independently verify the casualties as journalists are banned from travelling to the remote mountainous area.
A second security official confirmed the air strikes and death toll. Both officials spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to speak to media.
The army intensified the ongoing offensive in the region following the massacre of 150 people, mostly children, by Taliban militants at a school in Peshawar last December.
The Pakistani military says it has killed more than 3,600 insurgents in the tribal zone, with 358 soldiers having lost their lives… AFP