Published On: Thu, Jan 23rd, 2014
Published in Category: Peshawar

NWA strikes killed 36 foreign fighters

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PESHAWAR: At least 36 of the 40 killed during the air strikes in the North Waziristan tribal region on Monday night and Tuesday were foreign fighters.

Thirty-three Uzbeks and three Germans were among those killed during the air strikes which also injured at least 15, security sources told a private TV channel on Wednesday.

Important commanders were also among those killed in the onslaught. These include Wali Mohammad and Asmat Shaheen. Maulvi Farhad Uzbek and Shaheen Betini were also among those killed.

The strikes appeared to be a tit-for-tat response to the militant bombings in Bannu and Rawalpindi. But security officials said the strikes were carried out on the basis of intelligence reports.

Witnesses said the air attacks forced scores of families to flee to adjacent settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.