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Pakistani soldiers on patrol in North Waziristan (file photo) (epa)
August 7, 2007 -- Pakistani troops, backed by helicopter gunships and artillery, have destroyed a militant hideout in North Waziristan, near the Afghan border.
An army spokesman said security forces targeted a militant compound in Daygan, a village near Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan.
Doctors in Miran Shah said several people were wounded, but there were no reports of fatalities.
North Waziristan is seen as a hotbed of support for Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, and Afghan leaders have accused Pakistan of failing to do enough to police the tribal region.
A grand council, or jirga, of Pakistani and Afghan leaders is scheduled for August 9 in Kabul, with the goal of building confidence and finding ways to confront resurgent militants.
But tribal elders from North Waziristan withdrew their plans to attend, saying the absence of Taliban representatives would make the assembly pointless.