31 militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes: Officials

AFP| Updated: Jan 04, 2015, 00:03 AM IST

At least 31 militants were killed Saturday during airstrikes by Pakistani fighter jets in the country`s restive northwest, the military said.

The attacks, which took place in the Tirrah Valley of Khyber tribal district, also destroyed four hideouts.

The military has been targeting Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam militants in the region since October.

"Four terrorist hideouts and a suicide bomber training centre were destroyed. 31 terrorists including some suicide bombers were killed," a statement said.

The army has intensified its offensives in the tribal areas after the massacre of 149 people, 133 of them children, in a school in Peshawar in December.

Pakistan described the carnage as its own "mini 9/11" and a game-changer in the fight against extremism.

Pakistan also ended its six-year-old moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases last month in the wake of the slaughter at an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar on December 16.

Seven convicted militants have been hanged so far since the de facto ban on capital punishment ended.