PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani security forces acting on intelligence stormed two militant hideouts in a former Taliban stronghold in the northwest of the country near Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing seven militants, the military said.
In a statement, the military said four militants were killed in the first attack in North Waziristan, which in recent years has been the headquarters of several local and foreign militant groups. Three other militants were killed in the former Mohmand tribal region, the statement said.
The military said troops seized weapons from the two militant hideouts.
It was not immediately clear what militant groups were invaded and the military did not provide further details.
The Pakistani Taliban has its headquarters in North Waziristan until 2017 when the military in a series of operations dismantled networks of rebel groups and killed, captured or drove out a number of them.
The military has claimed to have cleared militant areas but violence continues. It has spread fear among residents in North Waziristan and nearby areas that the military might carry out more operations.
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