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Pakistani jets bomb insurgent targets

PAKISTANI jets bombed militant targets in the main insurgent stronghold along the Afghan border yesterday in softening-up operations ahead of an expected ground offensive, authorities said.

The army's resolve to launch the offensive in South Waziristan has deepened after a recent series of deadly militant attacks.

Yesterday, the Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 41 people the previous day elsewhere in the northwest.

The army says 80 percent of the militant attacks in Pakistan are planned from South Waziristan. The United States believes leaders responsible for violence in Afghanistan are also based there.

Bombing runs yesterday destroyed about 15 houses in South Waziristan, a local official said. The military said terrorists had fired 31 rockets at a convoy, wounding two soldiers. It was unclear whether the militant targets were bombed before or after the rocket attack.


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