34 militants killed in Pakistan in 24 hours

Pakistan military forces have announced that 34 militants were killed northwest of the country in the last 24 hours.

In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said infantry surrounded a group of terrorists in Mangroti area, North Waziristan Agency near the Pakistan-Afghan borders. At least 19 suspected terrorists were killed and several injured in the exchange of fire. An officer and three soldiers lost their lives.

Air strikes conducted by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets in Dattakhel area, North Waziristan Agency resulted in killing 15 militants.

The operations are targeting the last bastion of terrorists in Shawal area of North Wazirstan. Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif ordered troops on Wednesday to march on to take the military operation Zarb-i-Azb to its logical end.

According to ISPR statement, over 3,500 militants have been killed since operation Zarb-i-Azb was launched in June 2014.