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Baitullah’s aides killed in attack

Islamabad, June 27
Pakistani warplanes today pounded the bases of Tehrik-e-Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in restive Waziristan, killing at least 22 militants and wounding several others, while police shot dead five other radicals in the port city of Karachi.

“Two Pakistani jets straffed bases run by commanders closely linked to Baitullah Mehsud in Birmal, Ladha and Makeen, killing 12 to 15 militants and wounding another 17,” an army statement said.

Pakistan Air Force jets have been carrying out heavy air raids on major towns and on Taliban concentrations in South Waziristan as a softening of tactics before unleashing a major ground offensive targetted to get Mehsud and other high-value militants of Taliban and al-Qaeda, dead or alive. — PTI

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