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Pakistani forces use fighter planes to hit militants' positions

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 29 ,IRNA--Pakistani forces Tuesday used fighter planes to hit positions of the militants in Buner district in the northwest to 'eliminate and flush out them' the military spokesman said.

Major General Athar Abbas told a news conference that the operation was launched at 4 p.m., as the militants had occupied areas in Buner district and unleashed coercion against the people.

He said that the government had asked the Taliban to leave Buner district but they stayed there despite a peace deal. He said some 450 Taliban militants remained in Buner ins spite of their announcement that they had left the area.

The army spokesman said that operation in Lower Dir district has also been completed with the killing of upto 75 militants. He said that 10 soldiers were also killed during the operation.

He said Taliban had increased their presence in Buner and ignored the warning for leaving the area. He said Taliban had started imposing their ideas on the people and also occupied a famous shrine in the region.

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