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Published on 15 Jun 2015 | over 3 years ago

The Pakistan army said on Saturday that its security forces have killed 2,763 terrorists in a major offensive launched one year ago in North Waziristan.

During the operation launched on June 15, 2014, a total of "347 officers and soldiers have embraced martyrdom", according to data from Pakistani Inter-Services Public Relations.

The offensive, code-named Zarb-e-Azb, was started after a rare peace dialogue with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan collapsed due to an increase in terrorist attacks.

Giving details of the operation, military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa said as many as 837 militant hideouts were destroyed and 253 tons of explosives recovered during the first year of the operation.

The spokesman said that over 18,000 weapons, including machine-guns, light machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket launchers and AK-47s, were seized from terrorist hideouts in North Waziristan alone.

As many as 9,000 intelligence-based operations were carried out, leading to the apprehension of thousands of terrorists and their abettors in other areas of Pakistan. A total of 218 hard-core terrorists were killed in the cities, Bajwa said.

Bajwa said the offensive has effectively attacked the Tehrik-e-Taliban and dozens of armed splinter groups.

The offensive will enter its final stage in July and the main task is to search for armed groups hiding at the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to the spokesman.
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