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Military offensive launched in Pakistani tribal region

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 4, IRNA -- Pakistan media has reported that army has launched offensive against militants in Kurram agency, located in the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) of Pakistan along Afghanistan border.

According to media reports the government had notified 80 square kilometres of the area in central Kurram as conflict zone.

Central Kurram is adjacent to Tora Bora, reportedly the stronghold of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Militants having lost their positions in Waziristan and other parts of Fata and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have set up their sanctuaries in Central Kurram.

Media say that troops had been dropped from helicopters in Manato and Zaimukhet and army and paramilitary forces, backed by air force, were conducting a joint operation in the area.

The military offensive has triggered displacement as large numbers of families have started moving to lower part of the tehsil where a relief camp has been set up at Durrani area.

According to official estimates, over 4,000 families are likely to flee their homes because of the military operation.

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