Islamabad: Around 35 terrorists were killed in air strikes by the Pakistani military on Sunday in North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan, it was officially stated.

The strikes targeted terrorist hideouts in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan where a military offensive has been underway since mid-June last year.

A numbr of foreigners were also among terrorists killed in the air raids, the Inter-Services public relations said.

Military officials say more than 2,000 militants have been killed so far in the ongoing operation in North Waziristan, which had been a major base of terrorists groups before the armed forces launched the offensive.

According to the military, more than 80 per cent area in North Waziristan has been cleared of terrorists.

The government has announced that about two million people uprooted from their native land amid the operation would start going back to their homes by the middle of February.

The rehabilitation of the displaced families now living mostly in camps in northwestern Khyber Pakthtunkhwa province would be completed within a year and cost about Rs100 billion (Dh3.65 billion), the government has said.

The security forces have also carried out operations periodically in Khyber Agency trial area and some other parts of the tribal territory straddling the border with Afghanistan.

Security officials said in Khyber Agency, two volunteers of a local peace committee were killed and several people injured in a blast in Tirah valley.