Three mini-factories of explosive devices found in Pakistan's 'tribal zone'
3 July 2014, 04:14 -- Three mini-factories producing improvised explosive devices were found on Wednesday night in the agency Northern Waziristan of the Pakistani 'tribal zone' during the ongoing military operation against the Taliban. This was reported by the electronic version of the newspaper 'Express Tribune'.
In addition to a significant amount of explosives, various warehouses were found with anti-tank mines and rocket launchers in the area of the recent attacks of the ground forces, as well as lots of extremist books, along with a field training center for suicide bombers and communication center. In addition, in one of the private hotels several filled IEDs for remote detonation were detected and defused, as TASS reports.
'During the process of destruction of fortified militias camps and shelters, the Pakistani army progresses in the recently launched land offensive in North Waziristan,' the newspaper quoted the head of the army press service Asim Saleem Bajwa, who posted on his Twitter account the pictures of Pakistani soldiers involved in the 'mopping up' operation in residential houses and streets demining of Miranshah (administrative center of North Waziristan).
According to the Army of the Islamic Republic press service, the total extremists losses since the beginning of June 15 in North Waziristan during the military operation 'Zarb-e-Azb'('smashing blow') already exceeded 400 people, 19 militants chose to surrender. Within two weeks of the operation over 60 caches used by terrorists were destroyed, as well as several weapon and ammunition warehouses. The government army has lost 19 people.
Pakistan's military launched a ground assault in the North Waziristan tribal area on Monday, beginning a new phase in its offensive against Taliban militants, officials said. Troops moved on Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, officials said, after two weeks of air strikes and artillery bombardment of insurgent targets, AFP reports.
Washington has long urged Islamabad to tackle militant sanctuaries in North Waziristan, a haven for Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked insurgents. Security officials in Miranshah told AFP troops moved on the town after six hours of artillery shelling, which began at 3:30 am.
'They are using tanks and armored vehicles for ground movement,' a security official said on condition of anonymity.
'The forces have also taken over the civil hospital in Miranshah and have destroyed four hideouts in the artillery firing.' Other security officials in Peshawar, the main city of northwest Pakistan, confirmed the advance.
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