SHAWAL: Twenty one terrorists were killed in a joint operation of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Army Aviation at Shawal in North Waziristan on Tuesday.

According to DG ISPR Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa, the operation supported by the ground forces is continuing to hunt the fleeing terrorists. Important heights and passes along Pak-Afghan border have been secured.

The army spokesperson said that 21 terrorists have been killed since last night and sanitization  of Shawal Valley is in progress.

Last month, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif had given the order to launch the final phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan, one of the tribal areas on the border with Afghanistan.