ISLAMABAD - At least 30 more terrorists were killed on Tuesday and six of their hideouts destroyed in fresh airstrikes carried out by fighter jets in Datta Khel, Marsikhel, and Kamsham areas of North Waziristan Agency during operation Zarb-e-Azb.

According to an ISPR statement, Pakistan Army’s warplanes blitzed targets in Datta Khel, Marsikhel and Marshaal areas on Tuesday morning, killing 30 terrorists and destroying six hideouts of militants.

The army has cleared Miranshah and Mirali towns of North Waziristan Agency whereas ground operation is underway in other parts.

However, these claims could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the restive tribal agency.

The Pakistan Army on June 15 had launched military operation following a brazen militant attack on Karachi’s international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan.

Nearly a million people have fled the offensive in North Waziristan, which is aimed at wiping out longstanding militant strongholds in the area that borders Afghanistan.

Agencies add: Residents from the district recently reported high numbers of civilian casualties, including women and children, in a similar strike.

More than 550 militants and 29 soldiers have been killed in the assault so far, according to the military.

The fighting has displaced people into towns that border the tribal areas where they face testing conditions amid a lack of food rations and high rents.

There have been fears that many top militants also fled, including fighters from the feared Haqqani network, which is blamed for numerous bloody attacks in Afghanistan.