Two suspected militants killed in shelling

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• Migrating families stranded in North Waziristan

At least two suspected militants were killed in the ongoing military operation in Mirali area of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on Monday.
Official sources say two suspected militants were killed and several others injured when an army helicopter targeted hideouts of the militants and a car in the suburbs of Mirali.
The political administration officials said that curfew has been imposed in Mirali, Miranshah, Boya, Dattakhel, Razmak and Darsaly areas of North Waziristan for an indefinite period. The imposition of curfew has restricted the movements of the fleeing families who were continuously running towards settled districts fearing the military operation.
Locals say that some families who were fleeing from North Waziristan to Bannu were stopped at Khajuri check-post manned by the security forces. Locals say the security forces officials sent back the fleeing families telling them that no army operation was going on and there was no need to flee from houses.
According to reports, some 80,000 tribesmen have so far fled from North Waziristan after bombardment by the fighter-jets and shelling of gunship helicopters on January 21 in which, according to official sources, some 40 militants linked to attacks on security forces in Bannu and Peshawar Church suicide attack were killed.
Locals say that the aerial operation was one of the heaviest bombardments seen in recent years in North Waziristan which is considered hub of al-Qaeda affiliated militants after 2007 peace deal between the government and North Waziristan militant commander Hafiz Gul Bahudur.

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  1. Locals say that the aerial operation was one of the heaviest bombardments seen in recent years in North Waziristan which is considered hub of al-Qaeda affiliated militants after 2007 peace deal

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