NORTH WAZIRISTAN - Scores of local residents near the Pak-Afghan border have started migrating to safer places in face of a possible military operation in North Waziristan Agency.

Residents in North Waziristan tribal region have started to leave their homes in search of safer places as a military operation by the Army is expected anytime. People from Seegi, Ghulam Khan, Mandi, tehsil Datta Khel and Mir Ali are fleeing to Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Karak and Peshawar.

Signs of a military operation in the region became evident when Pakistan Air Force fighter jets bombed militants hideouts in North Waziristan and Khyber agencies late on Wednesday night.

The air raids were triggered by the killing of 23 FC soldiers held captive by Taliban militants belonging to Mohmand Agency. These FC men were abducted in 2010.

, whilst militants slaughtered them a few days ago in Afghanistan.

After the slaughtering of FC troops at the hands of militants, a deadlock occurred in the negotiations process and it was then that the government gave a go-ahead to the armed forces to fully retaliate militant attacks.