15 more Taliban extremists killed in Pak army offensive, drone strike

     At least 15 more Taliban extremists were killed in Pakistan military's counter insurgency operation and a drone attack in the Khyber and North Waziristan areas. While 10 militants were killed in the Tirah valley during anti-militancy offensive, a US drone targeted an alleged militant hideout and a madrassa in Machikhel village in North Waziristan killing five persons on the spot besides injuring six others, The Daily Times reports "The strike targetted a madrassa and an adjoining house in Machikhel village in North Waziristan. At least five people were killed and six others injured," a senior security official said. Local tribesmen have cordoned off area and are searching for bodies, sources said. People have started leaving their homes amid the fresh military operation against the extremists in the region. According to an estimate 30,000 people have left Khyber Agency for safer places since Sunday. "Thousands have fled the military operation in Khyber. Around 30,000 people have arrived in Peshawar," said Sahibzada Mohammad Anis, administrative chief in Peshawar.

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