Pakistani warplanes have launched a major flurry of air strikes against targets in Data Khel, in North Waziristan Agency, with officials putting the overall death toll in the strikes at 150, labeling them all “foreign terrorists.”
The strikes destroyed between six and eight houses in the area, beginning overnight and continuing into the morning. Officials say ethnic Uzbeks were the primary target.
The Uzbeks are being targeted based on reports in the wake of the recent Karachi airport attack, in which the Pakistani Taliban claimed to be coordinating with the “Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.”
Massive, non-specific death tolls are very common for Pakistani military operations against the nation’s tribal areas, and while they are almost always followed in the days to come with reports of civilian deaths, the military generally sticks to its initial story, identifying all the victims as “terrorists.”