MIRANSHAH, May 21: About 50 militants have been killed and several injured as fighter jets bombed several locations in North Waziristan tribal region, security officials say.

The jets pounded militant positions in Mir Ali, Spinwam and agency headquarters Miranshah.

TNN correspondent said the shelling by gunship helicopters continued till the filing of this report.

Our correspondent also says the security forces have imposed curfew in the whole North Waziristan Agency and that they have asked people to vacate the Mir Ali Bazaar forthwith.

North Waziristan has been a no-go area for the last over 10 years. The Taliban in the area have banned anti-polio vaccination and both the North and South Waziristan agencies have been contributing to the number of polio victims.

North Waziristan is the northern part of Waziristan, a mountainous region of northeast Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan and covering 11,585 square kilometres.

Miranshah is capital of North Waziristan. The region became an independent tribal territory in 1893, remaining outside of the British empire and Afghanistan. Tribal raiding into British territory was a constant problem for the British, requiring frequent punitive expeditions between 1860 and 1945. The region became part of Pakistan upon its independence in 1947.

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