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Pakistan Army Raids Militant Hideouts, 25 Militants Killed

Pakistani army helicopters raided suspected militant hideouts near the Afghan border in a predawn airstrike Tuesday, killing 25 militants and a prominent Taliban commander, military sources and news reports said. Geo TV said Adnan Rasheed, a Taliban commander convicted of plotting to kill former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, was killed in the raid. The Taliban have not confirmed Rasheed’s death. Rasheed was sentenced to death for plotting to kill Musharraf in December 2003 and escaped from prison in April 2012. Military sources said the strike targeted Taliban militants involved in a series of bombing attacks against army personnel in restive northwestern Pakistan. The army helicopters bombed suspected militant hideouts in multiple villages of North Waziristan tribal agency, the sources said. Earlier reports from the tribal area said at least 27 militants were killed and 17 injured. While a security official claimed that the operation was targeted, local residents said several civilians were among those killed and injured. The operation comes amid a stalemate in government efforts for talks with the militants. Following deadly attacks by the Pakistani Taliban against army personnel in recent days, calls have escalated for an army operation against the militants. The Pakistani Taliban on Sunday claimed […]

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