RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD - A number of terrorists were killed in yesterday’s strikes by Pakistan-made “Buraq” drone in South Wazirastan Agency.

According to a statement issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), it was the first night strikes by Buraq with pinpoint accuracy.

Earlier, the military said it had killed 21 militants in airstrikes in a restive northwestern tribal area bordering Afghanistan. Scores of militants were killed and many hideouts destroyed in a missile strike carried out by Pakistan’s very own drone Buraq in South Waziristan Agency yesterday evening, a private TV channel reported.

“The strike conducted after the nightfall was a bull’s eye. There was no word on the location and the number of kills made in the attack,” the TV channel said.

During its first mission in September, a Buraq drone killed three militants in North Waziristan’s Shawal valley.

The strikes are part of a major offensive to clear Taliban and Al-Qaeda strongholds that began last year in North Waziristan, one of seven Pakistani tribal districts bordering Afghanistan. The military began an offensive in Khyber in October 2014, carrying out airstrikes and using artillery, mortars and ground troops.

‘Buraq’ is a creation of National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM), which was made alongside ‘Shahpar’ in November 2013.

The operation Zarb-e-Azb has been focusing on the elimination of militants from North Waziristan since 2014. While a huge number of militants have been killed and their strongholds destroyed, quite a few still remain present in the region and the military is working on eliminating them.