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(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) According to military sources the operation is ongoing in miramshah and mir ali areas and militants attempts to escape have been foiled.

at least 232 suspected militants were killed while 20 terrorist hideouts have been destroyed in north waziristan during the zarb-i-azb military operation till date.

eight security personnel have been killed so far while seven others were injured during the operation it was officially stated here on friday. two major terrorist communication centres located on the hills and a bomb-making factory were destroyed.

according to military sources the operation is ongoing in miramshah and mir ali areas and militants attempts to escape have been foiled.

according to inter services public relations (ispr) troops have cordoned off all areas in north waziristan to foil attempts by terrorists to flee the tribal agency.

it is expected that the operation will see greater ground action in the upcoming days. the army launched its long-awaited major operation zarb-i-azb in the tribal region a week after an attack on the airport in karachi deploying troops tanks and jets to the area in the crackdown on the taleban and other militants.

the number of registered displaced people crossed over 100000 people. today is the last day for locals to evacuate the area.

taleban leader hafiz gul bahadur announced on thursday to launch a defensive war from friday. his spokesman ahamdullah ahmadi told dawn via phone from an unspecified place that the shura north waziristan agency had never been part of the outlawed tehreek-i-taleban pakistan (ttp).

he said the purpose of the defensive war was to avoid losses.

he said the shura had not allowed the ttp to use the soil of north waziristan for its activities.

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