Pakistani airstrikes hit terror hideouts in Afghanistan

Taliban regime in Kabul says civilians, including children and women, killed in early morning attacks.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has carried out airstrikes on terrorist hideouts in different areas of Afghanistan, it emerged on Monday.

Though the government has yet to come out about the details, a minister in the Taliban regime of Afghanistan today said jets from Pakistan bombed houses of common people in the provinces of Paktika and Khost along the Pakistan border. 

At “around 3am, Pakistani aircraft bombarded civilian homes” in Khost and Paktika provinces near the border with Pakistan, said Afghan interim government spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid, claiming that all eight people killed were women and children.

He said three women and three children were killed in Paktika and a house collapsed while two women were killed in Khost where a house was targetted.

President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday attended the funeral prayer of seven armymen who were martyred by terrorists in North Wazirstan a day earlier. After the funeral, he had warned that terrorists would pay the price for attacking Pakistan.

The Hafiz Gul Bahadar group had claimed responsibility for the deadly attack in North Waziristan. Security officials say that fighters of the Gul Bahadar group operate from the Afghan side of the border, mostly from Khost.

Since the Taliban takeover of Kabul after the departure of the US forces, terror attacks in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Balochistan have increased. Despite repeated demands from Pakistan to the Taliban regime not to allow the Afghan soil for terror attacks in Pakistan, the Kabul authorities have failed to take meaningful steps.

Eight terrorists killed

The military’s media wing in Rawalpindi on Monday said eight terrorists were killed during an operation the army carried out in North Wazirstan last night.

It said the killed terrorists included a wanted terrorist commander Sehra alias Janan, who was involved in killing the seven armymen two days back.

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