RAWALPINDI- The security forces have killed at least 32 terrorists in on-going Zarb-e-Azab operation in North Waziristan.

According to a press statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), three hideouts of the terrorists have also been destroyed in shelling of gunship helicopters.

It said gunship helicopters targeted terrorists’ hideouts in Bangi Dar area and also destroyed four arms dumps and 23 vehicles loaded with explosive material. “During the fighting, 23 explosive laden vehicles and four ammunition dumps were also destroyed early in the morning,” the ISPR said.

These claims, however, could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the restive tribal agency. Military operation Zarb-i-Azb was launched by the Pakistan Army on June 15 following a brazen militant attack onKarachi's international airport and failure of peace talks between the government and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) negotiators.