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Pakistan gang rape victim 'strangled and left in a tree'

A young woman has been brutally gang-raped, murdered and hung from a tree in Pakistan in a case that bears a chilling resemblance to a double rape and murder in India last month.

Pakistani police said Muzammil Bibi, 20, was attacked by three men in a field in the impoverished Layyah area of densely populated Punjab province.

According to police, she resisted the rape and the attackers strangled her. Officers say they have arrested three individuals who have confessed to the crime.

Pakistan army launches operation against militants

The Pakistani army has launched what it calls a "comprehensive operation" to wipe out Islamist militants in the North Waziristan region.

It follows last week's attack on an airport in the city of Karachi, for which the Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility.

An air strike on militant bases last night was claimed to have killed about 100 militants, many of whom are thought to have been foreign fighters.

"Our valiant armed forces have been tasked to eliminate these terrorists regardless of hue and colour, along with their sanctuaries," the army said in a statement.

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Pakistan air raids kill 'around 100 militants'

Around 100 militants have been killed in nothwestern Pakistan after military jets carried out air strikes on militant hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal area this morning.

As many as 100 militants are dead after Pakistani military jets pounded militant hideouts in the northwest of the country.
As many as 100 militants are dead after Pakistani military jets pounded militant hideouts in the northwest of the country. Credit: Reuters

Pakistani air force jets targeted eight militant hideouts in the region, according to unidentified intelligence officials.

Many of the dead were believed to be Uzbeks and other foreign fighters, who had been meeting to discuss a deadline given by authorities for militants to leave the area, said two of the Pakistani officials.

The information could not be independently verified.

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Karachi: Security academy targeted in new attack

A training academy run by the Pakistani airport security force has been targeted in a fresh attack on Karachi airport, local media and security officials have said.

"The ASF academy is under attack. There is gunfire. The extent of the damage is not clear," said a senior official at the Federal Investigation Agency. It was unclear who was firing at whom.

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