Pak Army advances further into Taliban's stronghold

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Islamabad, Jun.1 (ANI): The Pakistan Army has made further ground into the Taliban stronghold, and has reportedly entered the Kalam region.

According to a statement released by the ISPR, security forces have killed at least 45 more extremists in the South Waziristan Agency, supposedly a Taliban throttlehold region.

The statement said that situation in Mingora was fast improving after the military flushed out the extremists form the area.

"The situation in Mingora is improving and relief activities are in full swing, while patrolling by troops in key areas is being carried out to fully swoop the area," the statement said.

The security forces have also destroyed a terrorist training centre at Yakh Tangi Kandao, 6km southeast of Shangla, The Nation reports.

After eliminating the lower-ranking commanders of the Taliban, security officials are now in the look out for the top 'hardcore' militants.

"We are going after the leadership and we are going to take care of all the militants in the valley," the ISPR spokesperson Major General Athar Abbas said.

While announcing the Army's success in Mingora, Abbas said that the security forces have captured important locations in the valley, and are carrying out intense search operations to nab some of the Taliban's top commanders who may have been hiding in the mountains situated in the region.

He said that the military's next target is Charbagh, a Taliban stronghold situated 32km north of the valley. (ANI)

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