Miranshah- Pakistani fighter jets resumed air strikes in North Waziristan today, a day after the army announced the start of a major military operation to flush out al Qaeda-linked insurgents from the volatile region bordering Afghanistan.
Military sources said combat aircraft pounded targets in the region's Shawal sector, killing at least 21 militants . Independent confirmation or other details were not immediately available.
On Sunday, Pakistan sent troops, artillery and helicopter gunships to North Waziristan in a long-expected military operation seen as a response to a deadly insurgent attack on its biggest airport a week ago.
The Taliban and ethnic Uzbek fighters holed up in North Waziristan - home to some of Pakistan's most feared militants and al Qaeda commanders - have both claimed responsibility for the June 8 commando-style attack on Karachi airport.
The brazen assault all but destroyed prospects of peace talks with the militants , who are fighting to topple the Pakistani government and impose a strict Sharia-based theocracy in the nuclear-armed nation.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who preferred peace talks, has been under pressure from the army and the United States to start the operation in North Waziristan , part of the largely lawless tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.